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The winter time is not normally a time of year when people think that they need to be concerned with pest control. Normally pest control is something that home owners think about during spring and warm summer months when spiders and other pests are more noticeable. The truth is, however, that the winter is a prime time for rodents, such as mice and rats, to try and gain access to your home.

Rat eating grain
Rodents love to eat grains and other foods that aren’t stored in pest proof containers.

As the weather gets colder, rodents will search out a warm place, with easy to get to food that will help them get through the winter. Unfortunately for home owners there isn’t a better place for a rodent to pass over the winter than an unprepared house. Rodents can get into your home and cause major damage throughout the winter and even cause possible health issues for your family. Damage to the home can be caused by rodents burrowing thorough walls a furniture. Rodents also transmit diseases such as the Hantavirus and Salmonellosis through contract with humans.

The biggest defense against rodents in winter is to make sure that all cracks or holes in your home are sealed before winter arrives. Something to remember is mice can fit through a hole no bigger than a dime. That means that there is no hole too small to consider. Keep all cracks and holes sealed and eliminate the way for rodents to get in your home, and stop a problem before it starts.

One of the primary motivations for rodents to get into your home is hopes of easy to get to food. The guard against rodents trying to fill their stomachs in your home, it is important to keep all pet food in sealed containers, especially if it is kept in placing like garages. If food is not easy to get to rodents will move on from your home in search of an easier food source.

Mouse eating bread.
Rodent will follow the food and warm indoors during the winter months.

Finally there are a few other steps that you can take to keep your home safe from rodents. Make sure that your garage door is closed to keep rodents from sneaking in, especially close to sunset. It can also be a good idea to keep screens over vets and chimneys.

No one wants uninvited guests in their home. Follow a few steps to keep rodents out of your home, and make sure that if you suspect you have a rodent problem to call trained rodent control technician in order to avoid possible damage to your home, and any negative health problems.

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