Rodents love two areas of a home over others-attics and garages.
With the season changing and cooler weather ahead, it’s time to start thinking about the coming rodent season. The attic and garage can provide a home from the elements and a place to hide and breed and with minimal human traffic in these areas, rodents can remain for a fair amount of time before being detected. Taking a preventative approach early on may save you more aggravation, time and money in the long run.
Residential attached garages are a main point of entry for many invading pests.
Check the garage door sweep. First, if you don’t have one, consider having one installed. This will help block not only rodents but insects from invading the garage as well. Have you checked for possible entry points? A good way to check is if you are inside the garage during daylight hours with the garage door closed, do you see rays of light coming in around corners? These gaps are areas that pests could possibly make their way in and eventually invade your home space. If you already have a garage door sweep in place, checks for cracks or evidence of wear. Do a thorough check around the garage door to prevent future issues. Rodents have been known to chew not only wooden components around the garage door, but aluminum and plastic parts as well.
Check the attic for evidence of past or present rodent activity.
Have the roof and perimeter checked for potential entry points. Also make sure to check around the HVAC unit. Rodents and other pests for that matter will use this area as a safe haven to live and breed. Rats, squirrels and raccoons can chew through HVAC components. Rodents have been known to use duct material to build nests. Some preventative measures you can take are:
- Annually inspect for rodents to identify and seal potential points of entry.
- Check around the roof-soffit intersections for gaps to seal off and discourage rodent entry.
- Install fine wire mesh on the vents and seal any openings or gaps in the ductwork.
- Regularly maintain and clean your HVAC unit to remove any debris and allergens brought on from pests.
- Replace any areas with rotted or damaged wood that might make it easier for rodents to break through.
- Trim back overhanging tree limbs from around the roof.
Remember, mice can squeeze through openings as small as the size of a dime. Larger rodents are opportunists and will seek out minor structural weaknesses around the perimeter to gain entry in to your home. Regular inspections and preventative measures should be part of your home maintenance routine and can help keep rodents out of your home or at least help identify an early infestation. Call or contact Bio-Tech Pest Control at 281-296-6022 if you think you may have a rodent issue and need areas sealed where rodents can or have been entering your home.