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WINTER RODENT CONTROL IN WOODLAND, CA. DO RATS & MICE HIBERNATE OR DIE IN COLD WEATHER?

WINTER RODENT CONTROL IN WOODLAND, CA. DO RATS & MICE HIBERNATE OR DIE IN COLD WEATHER?

WINTER RODENT CONTROL IN WOODLAND, CA. DO RATS & MICE HIBERNATE OR DIE IN COLD WEATHER?

Winters are the most notorious time for rodents to make themselves at home in your home. They want warm cozy places to wait out the colder weather. Often homes and businesses become the prime target for rats and mice. There are many species of rodents you might face this winter from House or Deer mice, to Norway or Roof rats. There are, of course, many ways to prevent and control rodent invasions. Woodland Davis Termite & Pest Control will share a few tips on preventing and controlling rodents this winter.

Mouse & Rat Prevention

rat wikiYou will always want to prevent rodents from invading your home. Prevention will greatly help your home from becoming less of a target and make it much easier to control any rodent invasion. Start your prevention program outside. Having a well groomed yard isn’t just to please HOA’s but also to help prevent many pests. Yard debris or even wood stack piles will bring rodents along with many other pests closer to your home. Clutter and debris create a feeding ground as well as provide shelter for a variety of rodents. By keeping your yard cleaned and bushes trimmed, you eliminate these so called resorts for rodents. Next, check the outside of your home. Look for cracks or spaces in windows or doorways where rodents can slip through. Mice have a unique ability to flatten their body, and can slip through a crack the width of a pencil. Your next challenge is sealing these entry points that rodents use. Rats will climb on roofs and slip through chimneys and attic vents too. These larger openings should be sealed with wire mesh to prevent rodents from crawling inside your home. Repair any leaky drains or pipes outside of the home as well. Providing unintended water sources, regardless of how good your other prevention methods are, will still invite rodents to come into your home. Finally, leave no discarded food in or outside your home. Make sure all food is properly contained in air tight sealed containers; something rodents won’t be able to chew through.

Rodent Control

Once you have a rodent problem it is a lot more difficult to deal with. Of course make sure the inside of your home is cleaned and food is properly packed away from rodent access. Now you will need to look into bait, poisons and traps. There are many types of traps on today’s markets. There are live capture traps and life taking traps. Live capture is actually more popular than those designed to kill. Many homeowners don’t like the smell of a dead rodent in their home and would rather have a pest control company deal with the live rodent. Depending on the circumstances, you many even want to use baits or poisons. However it is strongly recommended to only use poisons if necessary. Often rodents die where homeowners can’t reach or even find them. That means you will have a rotting rodent somewhere in your home. You may want to contact your local pest control company to set up a good rodent control program that will benefit you and your home.

Professional Rodent Removal

Rodents are the top pest during the winter months. If you have found that your home has become a haven for these unwanted pests, contact Woodland Davis Termite & Pest Control today. We will help manage your rodent problem effectively and quickly. Don’t share your home with any unwanted guests this winter season. Call us today.