Now that winter is nearly upon us and as the temperatures start to drop rodents start seeking out shelter as well as food, which unfortunately for us means that they often end up around our properties.
One of the most frustrating thing about rats and mice is that they have the amazing ability of being able to find their way into any place you don’t want them, normally by climbing and squeezing through gaps in walls or ceilings.
Larger rats are well known to burrow beneath houses and live under floors. This can cause a multitude of problems as they nest in insulation, chew on timber, and, if they pass away, cause a dreadful stench that seeps up from your floorboards.
How Do They Get Inside In The First Place?
Inspecting your home is always a good place to start. checking for entry points both inside and out, paying special attention to your drains, cracks that they could slip through and spaces in the foundations. Once you have identified areas they could come in through then you can seal the area and set a trap.
Keep in mind that rats and mice don’t need large openings to enter your home. In fact, they can fit through any hole two fingers wide.
What’re Some Steps To Stop Them Wanting To Come Inside?
Like any pest during the winter they mainly are trying to find shelter. One of the best ways to get rid of rodents without using poison is to eliminate any possible hiding spots. Cleaning up clutter in your home and making sure that objects aren’t sitting right up against the walls, can make a huge difference.
Keeping rubbish and any food bins securely closed, cleaning up any spills and having your guttering cleaned out also helps.
Rats and mice hate peppermint, cayenne pepper and cloves. Spreading these around your home’s exterior is helpful to prevent them from attempting to enter your home. Apply it generously along the edges of your foundations.
Sprinkling crushed pepper near any rodent openings ands wholes will irritate the rats noses and airways, which will discourage them from coming inside.
What To Do When All Else Fails
Like any pest problem once they have made themselves at home it can be extremely tricky to get rid of them. At YourLocal we have years of knowledge and experience, ensuring that you will be able to relax while we do all that we can to eliminate your rodent issues. We always put our customers health and wellbeing first, providing long-lasting results with little to no disruption to your day to day life.
Get in contact with our teams for a free no-obligation quote.