Is My Tulsa Home at Risk for Rodent Infestations This Winter?
January 9, 2019
January is the time of year when some of us start dreaming of spring. The weather may not be terrible in winter, but we long for the warm days and bursts of color that spring provides.
We’re not the only ones who find spring an easier time of year to withstand than winter. Rodents do, too. Of all four seasons, winter is the toughest on these little, furry creatures. Rodents can’t survive the cold temperatures without a warm place that provides shelter, and they need reliable food sources since the bounty of summer and fall has all but disappeared.
Even if winter is harder on them, though, they have a way of making it work. In fact, they often thrive, thanks to the help of many unwitting humans. More often than not, rodents find the shelter and food they need to survive winter by moving into Tulsa homes all over the city.
Is your Tulsa home at risk for a rodent infestation this winter? Are you one of the unwitting humans helping them out? If you do any of the following, or your home fits the following bill, it’s possible that rodents will move in with you this winter.
Things That Put Your Tulsa Home at Risk for a Rodent Infestation
- Your yard is cluttered - Rodents love hiding places and are unlikely to run around in wide open areas. If your yard has tall grass, debris, a lot of shrubbery, rock walls, wood piles, and the like, rodents will be able to get close to your home, and eventually find their way inside.
- There are obvious food sources outside your home - Food is one of the major things rodents look for when trying to find winter shelter. If you have bird feeders, pet food, or garbage bins with loose-fitting lids, rodents will know there is plenty of food where you live.
- There are openings into your home - Some openings, such as tears in your screens or uncapped chimneys may seem obvious. Since some rodents can fit through a hole the size of a dime and all rodents can chew on a small opening to make it bigger, you may have entry points you’re unaware of. Small holes in your siding, gaps around windows and doors, and cracks in your foundation are all potential entry points. Uncovered vents and damaged roof shingles create easy access for rodents, too.
- You leave food out inside your home - Leaving food on counters or dirty dishes in the sink signals to rodents that they’ll easily find food in your home.
- Your home is cluttered - Rodents look for a quiet place to build their nest, and a cluttered basement or attic is the perfect spot to do it.
If any of the above scenarios sound familiar, work to correct them as quickly as possible to avoid a rodent infestation.
What to do if Rodents Get Inside Your Tulsa Home
If you’ve seen signs of a rodent infestation, you’ll want to get rid of them as soon as you can. Rodents transmit diseases, introduce parasites, and cause damage to your home. The sooner they’re gone, the better.
To rid yourself of a rodent problem, it’s best to get professional pest control technicians to help. Montgomery Exterminating offers one-time rodent control and year-round protection plans, depending on your individual needs.
We will identify where the rodents are in order to completely eliminate them from your home. Our technicians will ensure that the problem does not return. Schedule your free estimate by giving us a call today.