- Make sure all holes, cracks and voids are sealed.
- Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and install gutters.
- Keep branches and other plants cut back from the house.
During the chilly winter months, most people seek protection in the warmth of their homes, but they are not alone. From October through February, rodents, including mice, rats and squirrels, often take shelter in homes, causing potential hazards to both health and property. Rodents seek to protect themselves from winter’s cold weather by invading your home. Rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States every winter and are a considerable health and property nuisance. Rodents can enter homes through almost any opening. Once inside, rodents can cause severe damage as they can chew through wallboards, cardboard, wood and even electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk of a fire. Homeowners should inspect for rodent droppings in undisturbed areas, including pantries, attics, and garages as these droppings can cause allergies and disease. The National Pest Management Association also recommends taking these precautions to keep rodents outside: