Winter is just around the corner. As the bitter chill sets in and the snow begins to pile up outside your window, you’ll be grateful for your warm, cozy house as you weather out the cold months ahead. You’re not the only one who will enjoy your safe haven that is protecting you from Mother Nature’s deep freeze. Rodents will be only too happy to take shelter in your home, wreaking havoc along the way. Be proactive and keep the critters out by taking precautions before the change in season. By taking a few, simple steps, you can reduce the threat of a rodent infestation this winter.

Inspect Your Home for Openings

Take a good look around the outside of your home. If you see any cracks in your foundation, gaps in your siding, or see space around the pipes that lead into your home, you’ll want to close up those openings. You can use caulk as an easy fix for many gaps. Otherwise, replace siding that is missing and fill in those cracks. If you have an opening the size of a quarter, you have an open invitation for rats and mice. Be on the lookout and deal with the problem before you have uninvited house guests.

Use Screens to Cover Other Openings

You need to address large openings in your home as well, such as your chimney. Even your windows and doors can use extra fortification. Place a screen over the top of your chimney. You won’t hinder the smoke from flowing freely, but you will keep the rodents out. Check around all of your doors and windows for any openings to make sure you seal them. You can also add screens over any door or window. If you cover your windows with plastic for additional insulation in the winter, this will be another safeguard against critters.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean

odents will be attracted to your home for more than its warmth. They’re looking for a readily available supply of food when the going is tough outdoors. By keeping your kitchen as clean as possible, you won’t give rodents anything to snack on. If you have cats or dogs, keep their dry food in a plastic container that is sealed well. You should store other types of dry food in heavy duty containers that are sealed tightly as well.

Trim Trees and Shrubbery Near Your House

If you have any trees or large shrubbery, such as hedges, that grow close to your house, you’ll want to trim them back. You can do it yourself or hire a tree service. You’ll make it harder for squirrels to take the leap to your roof and make themselves at home.

Call in the Professionals

Your main goal is to keep rodents out before they have the opportunity to cause an infestation in your home. If your efforts fail and you are unable to deal with the issue on your own, Yes Pest Pros, Inc. is at the ready to help you get rid of the problem for good. Let a team of experts give you peace of mind when the rodents move in.