What is the pest most likely to invade your home as temperatures drop to freezing? We’ll give you a hint: they have fur, sharp teeth, and leave their feces in your walls, attic spaces, drawers, cabinets, pantry–pretty much everywhere. Yup, you guessed it – Rodents!  From tiny little house mice to giant Norway rats, your home is a tempting harborage for these warm-blooded creatures. But don’t worry, the experts here at ChemTec have you covered.
Tips to keep these overwintering pests out of your New Jersey home:
  • Rodents are drawn to the smell of trash. The organic material in your trash can be a meal for these creatures. Make sure all of your trash cans are sealed so that rodents aren’t lured onto your property.
  • If you have bird feeders, consider stowing them away and cleaning up all the seeds in fall. You don’t want any reason for rodents to be in your yard when temperatures begin to drop.
  • Rodents can climb up trees and use the branches to gain access to your roof. This is especially true of squirrels. But those rats and mice can do it too. Cut branches back so they cannot use them as a bridge.
  • These critters also climb up downspouts to get onto your roof and gain access to your vulnerable roofline and chimney skirting. Use hardware cloth or steel mesh to keep them out.
  • If you have any rotted holes, rodents will be happy to make those holes bigger so they can get in. Inspect your exterior walls closely and use a caulking gun to fill in any holes you find. Be sure to look in hard-to-get-to places because rodents will prefer to chew on your walls in places that have some kind of cover. That means you may need to pull a few boards up and use a flashlight to get a good look. You’re also going to want to check inside your basement. It is sometimes easier to see holes from the inside because mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime.
If this sounds like a lot of work, or you’re worried that you might not do all that is necessary to keep rodents out of your home, give us a call. Our home pest control technicians can help you seal up your walls.
Rodents are notorious for getting into New Jersey homes in the winter. Don’t let them get into yours. Get your defenses in place before the invasion begins.