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 WinterThe 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