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Why and How Rodents Invade Evansville Residences in Winter

December 5, 2018


Rodents are resourceful critters that like nothing more than a cozy home and yummy food. This means your Evansville home may be the perfect place for rodents to call home this winter. You might be thinking that there is no way rats, mice, squirrels, and other pests can get into your home, but you might be surprised. Mice can squeeze into holes that are smaller than the size of a dime in diameter. We know rodents can climb too, as we see squirrels and chipmunks scurrying up trees, and rats crawling along roof lines. Rodents also gnaw like nobody’s business, and they will just chew their way in if they can’t find an easy way to enter. It’s important that you know the hot spots for activity, the common points of entry, and how to block them from making your Evansville home their own. 

rodent on a sidewalk

Why do Rodents Come Inside in the Fall and Winter?

Typically rodents come inside in during the fall and winter months because they are seeking shelter and food. As food sources outside become scarcer, the food you have inside can offer a tasty meal. While rodents prefer seeds, nuts, berries and the like, they will eat just about anything, including pet food and leftover bacon grease! 

Rodents don’t really hibernate in the winter, they continue to be active and can cause you lots of trouble. They can stay warm outside but the absence of protected nesting sites in winter makes them more likely to seek a nesting place indoors.

Where do Rodents Enter my Evansville Home?

Rodents will seek easy entry points such as holes around utility wires or pipes that enter your home. They will also look for vents that aren’t screened and chimneys that don’t have caps. They can come in under doors and around windows if there are gaps. But don’t think that if you have all these entry points sealed that rodents won’t still get in.

Rodents are excellent at gnawing their way through just about any material. They can chew their way through your siding, bricks, foam insulation, window screens, wood trim, and more. If they sense a good food source and protected place to nest, they will get inside.

How do You Keep Rodents Out? 

The best way to keep rodents out of your Evansville home is to make it as unappealing as possible. If there is no source of food, they are likely to move on. Store all cereals, grains, pet food, and other favorite foods in rodent-proof containers. Clean up all spills and crumbs from counters, cabinets, and pantries right away. Keep your indoor trash in a trash can with a lid and don’t let trash pile up. Outdoors, keep your trash away from your home in sealed trash receptacles. Seal up all cracks and holes and install door sweeps. Check periodically for new entry points. 

When all else fails, call the professionals! At Action Pest Control, our technicians are highly trained professionals who know how to deal with rodent infestations. We will eliminate your rodent problem and monitor to ensure that your Evansville home is free from rodents.




 

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