Houston is entering into the coolest, wettest months of the year. While this means Houston-area residents are spending more time indoors, it also means rodents and pests are seeking harborage in your home. Every year when the temperature drops, Green Team Pest receives countless calls about rodent removal. This year, take a proactive approach to keep rodents out of your home. Check back in February for more tips on rodent-proofing your home.
1. Inspect the Foundation
Rodent-proofing your home is not an easy task. Rodents can fit through tiny cracks and holes in their quest for shelter and food. Therefore, we recommend performing a visual inspection of your home’s foundation every year. Look for gaps, cracks, and holes that are large enough for a mouse to squeeze through, and block them with wire mesh or foam.
2. Check Entry Points
Inspect windows and doors to make sure they are properly sealed. If you notice gaps around the perimeter, install new weather-stripping and/or metal kick plates. Likewise, fill any gaps or holes that may have developed in the trim surrounding the windows and doors.
3. Examine the Roof
Mice and rats are excellent climbers. Warmth escaping from your attic will serve as an attractant to them. Thus, examine the soffit, shingles, and chimney to look for entry points. Repair any visible damage, fill in gaps, and cap the chimney to keep your attic from becoming a mouse motel.
4. Tend to the Lawn and Garden
Rodents love to hide in overgrown vegetation. Therefore, keep shrubs and ground cover trimmed back from the edge of the house to discourage rodents from hiding there. Similarly, clean up leaf piles and debris in the yard, keep compost piles far away from the house, and trim back tree limbs that might serve as a bridge for rodents to access your home.
Rodents are a year-round problem for Texas homeowners. If your home has become a haven for unwanted pests, contact Green Team to request an on-site consultation. Our pest control specialists will evaluate your home and create a customized pest control plan that meets your specific needs. For more information, call (281) 295-1633.