Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Make sure this famous Christmas tale rings true for your own home this season. Keep the peace and keep it free of mice. After all, if there’s one thing that will impede on the Christmas spirit, it’s a rodent infestation. So, consider these preventative measures to avoid mice at all costs.
Rodents pose a particular threat this time of year. With an influx of guests and food and cold temps outside, they’ll quickly be drawn into your home. And while these pests might not seem so elusive, they can fit through the smallest of openings and cracks in your walls, even squeezing through spaces as narrow as a nickel. Once inside, mice become threatening to all aspects of your home. They can gnaw through wires, they might carry dangerous bacteria, and of course, they like to steal your favorite cheeses! So, to avoid electrical fires, Hantavirus disease, and a ruined charcuterie board, make sure to prevent mice in every capacity!
For a pest-free holiday, here are some of our tried and true rodent control tips:
- Install door sweeps on your exterior doors and repair any damaged screens. Door sweeps are made to replace the weather seal under aluminum doors and help keep all bugs and rodents outside of your home. They are also useful in regulating your home’s heating and cooling, as well as minimizing dust and moisture from outside. Make sure that all of your screen doors are fully functional as well as they can prove quite effective for reducing indoor critters.
- As temperatures cool and wintery evenings call for a cozy fireplace, you’ll want to consider the upkeep on your chimney. And when it comes to bugs and rodents, one of the most necessary chimney accessories is a screened vent. These will allow smoke to escape through the chimney while keeping pests of all sorts out of your home.
- Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of your home. This should include the areas through which utilities and pipes enter. You can implement caulk and steel wool for the ideal sealant around these. And remember, mice can fit through the smallest of spaces. Don’t underestimate their tiny maneuver abilities!
- Store food in air-tight containers and dispose of your garbage before it begins to smell. If there’s one universal-motivator, it’s food– we’re all in search of a tasty treat, one way or another. And mice are particularly skilled in scavenging. So, minimize their incentive to invade your home by sealing off all food sources and pungent trash. With no hope for food, mice are less likely to come in searching for it.
- Keep your attic and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. These parts of your home tend to collect moisture, which creates ideal breeding conditions for mice and other rodents.
- Maintain the upkeep on your mortar and weather stripping around your basement foundation and windows. This will serve your home in multiple ways this season, particularly in terms of keeping out mice.
- As you welcome in family, friends, and holiday cheer, you’ll likely see an influx of boxes, groceries, packages, and gifts. And with each mystery item from Aunt Sue or package left outside, make sure to check for any scheming rodents that sneaked their way inside.
There’s nothing like home for the holidays. So make sure your house is a haven of peace, joy, and all things Christmas. This starts with ensuring it’s free of mice and other rodents! And if you face an infestation, call a professional immediately. We at Pete’s Termite and Pest Control are here for you when rodents make their way inside. Call us today for your preventative and emergent pest control needs!