I am not talking about your family and friends, although I know some of you may want to limit who comes over. I am talking about rodents! As the weather starts to change and things cool off, rodents are going to look for warmer places to live. Here is a checklist to make your home a not-so-desirable place for them to spend the winter:
- Remove any clutter around your home. If you store firewood, or have items like a wheelbarrow leaning against the house, move all that away. Rodents can hide back there, and have time to work their way into your home.
- Inspect the foundation, brickwork siding, and any gaps that might be present — seal those up. Repair the siding, fill foundation holes with patching concrete, and fill gaps in brickwork with mortar. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
- If you cover your A/C unit, make sure the cover does not go all the way down to the ground. Leave it up about 6 inches to protect the top of the unit, which will prevent creating a place where the wind will not go and rodents can congregate.
- If you see evidence of rodents, use a combination of traps, baits and irritants to eliminate the population. This will take at least 7-10 days, and you have to be vigilant to keep the bait full and traps placed in the right spots. Make sure you protect areas where you use these items from children and pets.
- Eliminate food sources. If you have pets, and they do their business in the backyard, clean up after them every day. And wherever you store food, make sure it is up off the floor and in sealed bags.
These tips should help ensure the only guests staying over at your house are the ones you invite.