If wildlife invading human spaces is made into a blockbuster movie rodents are the stars. These determined and crafty furry foragers have forced many Milwaukee homeowners to contact wildlife removal services over the years, and given their top-notch survival skills they are likely to continue doing so if not handled properly. But homeowners are not completely helpless as there are things they can do to ensure that their homes remain rodent-free.
What makes Your Home Vulnerable to Rodent Intrusions Each Winter?
Homeowners who share a natural habitat with wildlife like rodents routinely carry out exclusion work in the warmer months. But what many homeowners fail to realize is that rodent exclusion and removal needs to take place in the winter as well. Rodents scurry for shelter in human dwellings even mid-winter especially when temperatures plummet. As long as you have warmth inside as well as food and crevices within which rodents can nest they will try to come inside. If your building has access points then their intrusion job will be a lot easier.
Critical Steps To Reinforcing Your Defenses Against Rodent Intrusion In The Winter
The first and most critical step in any rodent exclusion plan is a thorough inspection. This inspection should be done periodically and it is particularly important before and during winter when wildlife are likely to head indoors. The goal of this inspection should be to identify all access points such as cracks, holes, uncovered vents and chimneys as well as trees with branches hanging close to the house.
All these access points must be addressed:
- Cracks and holes should be sealed
- Vents should be covered
- Install a brush strip between the bottom of your door and the floor (which will make it impossible for them to get in through the space).
- Close hanging branches removed
Another step in this process is to eliminate all potential nesting sites and food access areas. This means elevating boxes that rodents might get into and removing piles of wood as well as removing all clutter. Twenty feet from the ground is a good elevation height for items that you need to keep out of the reach of rodents. You should also rodent-proof your domestic garbage or dispose of it far away from your property. It is recommended to contact an expert animal removal company before sealing off access points so that you are certain there are no wildlife species inside.
Effective Rodent Intrusion Prevention
DIY mouse prevention usually has short-lived success because many of them focus on extermination rather than removal and exclusion. A more thorough and effective approach to solving rodent issues is the Skedaddle way. Skedaddle’s rodent control services start with a detailed assessment followed by strategic removal actions that are informed by years of study and research into rodent behavior and biology. During the assessment, the technician looks for signs of existing and potential access points. If removal is deemed necessary this is the next step in the process. After removal is complete the technician will offer you Skedaddle’s exclusion services which will ensure that rodents do not return.
Once you encounter one rodent inside your Milwaukee home, it is time to call the experts. To delay would be to risk a greater problem as these wildlife species (especially mice) reproduce rapidly. Professional wildlife removal specialists like those on Skedaddle’s team will ensure that your rodent worries are history.