As the weather starts to get cooler, it means it is time to make your house less attractive to unwanted house guests such as mice…
As the weather starts to get cooler, it means it is time to make your house less attractive to unwanted house guests. By unwanted house guests I am not talking about crazy relatives! I am talking about rodents or mice because they carry diseases. Plus they can chew up your electrical wiring!
Let’s look at what you can do to protect your home from rodents:
Seal Your House
It is amazing how mice can squeeze through the smallest holes to get inside a home. Did you know a mouse can squeeze through a dime-sized hole?
This is why you need to double check the screen on your windows. Look for tears or holes and replace or repair any damaged screens.
You can kill 2 birds with 1 stone by caulking the edges of your windows. Inspect the weather stripping under doors to make sure there’s no way for pests to get in. By doing these 2 things, you will help to prevent cold air and rodents from entering your house.
Move Firewood Away From Your Home
You need to move any stacks of firewood away from your home. A woodpile serves as a safe haven for mices,snakes and bugs. If it’s too close to your house, they will find a way in.
I suggest keeping stacks of firewood at least twenty feet away from your house. It is also a good idea to keep bushes and shrubs trimmed because they can have the same effect.
A Dryer Vent is a Door for Pests
The vent for your dryer can provide pests easy access to your home. If a dryer vent isn’t installed correctly, it can also create a way for mice to enter your house. Double check your vent to make sure it’s fully sealed. This will also help your electric bills since it will stop heat from escaping or cold air from entering your home.
Don’t Provide Pests a Buffet
Pests are like other types of unwanted house guests. Nothing attracts unwanted house guest like free food. Be sure everything in the pantry is sealed. We use a big plastic container for pet food. It will keep it fresh plus it will not be a free meal for bugs. You’re buy food for your furry friend and not the unwanted pests.
Moisture Breeds Pests
Clear any clogged drains or gutters to prevent standing water around your house. This will help to reduce mosquitoes and other bugs. You also need to rake moist soil and mulch away from the house to keep the bugs away from the walls. Just a few inches should be enough.
Watch for Pests
Even if you don’t see any rodents, it is a good idea to put mousetraps and glue traps in your attic and basement. This is an easy way to find out if there any unwanted house guests.
As it the temperatures drop, remember that it means you must protect your house from rodents. They will be searching for a warm, dry place to stay. Taking these simple steps you can protect your house from mice and bugs. It won’t take long and this is an easy way to avoid unwanted house guests!