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During the winter, one may think that pests aren’t a threat to homes. However, rodent infestations are one of the most common pest problems this time of year. When temperatures get lower, rats and mice will attempt to make their way inside your warm and cozy home. A rodent infestation is not only gross—it can be dangerous or destructive, too! To protect you and your family from rats and mice in the winter, it’s important to learn how to safeguard your property against them. Read on for Anderson’s expert rodent-proofing tips.

What Happens to Rodents in the Winter?

Many types of animals, including certain types of rodents, hibernate for the winter. However, this is not the case for rats and mice, who stay rather active throughout the year, especially in the winter. In fact, The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has reported that 21 million homes in the U.S. are invaded by rodents each winter! 

Rats and mice can squeeze their way indoors easier than you may want to believe, which is why it’s so important to learn how to seal your property against them.

Rodent-Proof Your Property in 8 Steps

Rodent Control Checklist for your Chicago IL or Lake County IL home this winter - Anderson Pest Solutions

Mice are able to squeeze their bodies through a hole the size of a dime, making their chances of getting inside very high if you’re not careful. By routinely checking the following areas, you can locate where rats and mice may attempt to make their way indoors. It’s important to make any repairs promptly and, in general, keep a tidy home and yard to prevent rodents. The eight locations to check include:

  • Roof
  • Vents
  • Screens
  • Vegetation
  • Gutters
  • Outside
  • Garage
  • Foundation

Winter Rodent Prevention

By thoroughly inspecting your home, you can help locate vulnerabilities that could lead to winter rodent problems. If you need help with rodent prevention in your Illinois home this winter, the rodent exterminators at Anderson Pest Solutions can help. We specialize in preventing pest problems before they begin, making us your local leaders in rodent control and removal. To learn more about keeping rats and mice out of your home during the winter and all year-long, we’re here to help.

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