Here we are in the fall season already and that means that it is time to prepare for winter pests. Right now, the most common pests remain wasps, rodents, flies, and other insects. When the cold hits, the flies will die off as will many of the other insects around the area. Wasp overwinter so you might see a few here or there but likely by now they have built a colony and those that survive will startup business again come spring.
What that leaves is Rodents and rodents are big problem during fall. Mice are frantic to find winter quarters. Rats are on the move to find warm and dry places to call home and your house is a very suitable answer to both of those types of rodents.
What Can You Do to Help Keep Your Winter Pest-Free?
- Seal up the Holes – One of the biggest things to do is to make sure that there are no obvious places that a mouse or rat can get into your home. The most common areas that they use are the spaces around pipes, dryer vent areas, gas lines, etc. Make sure that those are sealed and be sure to check them often. Rats and mice will gnaw on a small opening to make it passable. Once the hole is enlarged it becomes a highway for other rodents.
- Secure the Food – A cereal box is no match for a hungry mouse. Make sure that pantry food is put into secure containers. If you don’t use if often consider storing it in the freeze – sugar, flour, etc. The less food there is the fewer mice you will have. Freezing condiments and staple foods also helps to reduce infestation by weevils and other grain pests.
- Spring Clean Every Season – Cleaning helps to also deter mice as there is less food around. This includes crumbs and bits that go unnoticed. Also make sure to check and monitor your pantry as that is a prime location for mice to find food.
- Clean the Yard – Mice need cover to move around and they will happily make use of stored lumber, and other things in the yard. By making sure your yard is neat and tidy, you can help to decrease the number of mice in the general area. They will move on to where they can move under cover. Focus on removing things that provide shelter too, such as cars, lumber, etc. The cleaner the yard and area the fewer mice and rodents you will have.
Consider an abatement program. Reach out to our professionals for a list of options that help to stop rodents before they become a nightmare. Because pest issues are an ongoing problem, we offer monthly services that control pests before they become an issue. We are also happy to respond to pest control crises too. We provide experienced and thorough pest control services throughout the greater Austin Area.
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