The cold weather is officially here to stay! Weather experts have started predicting when Toronto’s first snowfall will be and we can’t think of any better way to welcome the cold weather than cozying up by the fire.
As winter gets closer and closer, you won’t be the only one cozying up in your home. Rodents will be looking for any way possible to sneak into your home and escape the perils of winter.
But what can be done to make sure you and your family are the only ones enjoying the warmth of your home this season?
Don’t Send an Open Invitation
Leaving out food or dirty dishes is just asking for rodents to come by. Cleaning the kitchen daily sends mice and rats the message that there’s nothing here for them. That doesn’t mean they won’t try though. After opening, make sure all foods are sealed tightly and securely. If possible, transfer foods like cereal and chips into plastic containers with lids. This makes it even more difficult for the rodents to get into food.
Start by doing a walk around the outside of your home, paying attention to any areas that may have been compromised. This could be anything like gaps in the siding, rotting wood or even cracks. Any gaps or cracks that are bigger than a ¼ inch will need to be sealed. A mouse only needs a gap the size of a dime to squeeze their way into your home.
Next, start moving inside your home. If you have a central vac system, make sure to check this area. It is very common for mice to enter through the central vac area. Once inside, check all windows and doors. Take note of any weather stripping that does not create a tight seal. This will need to be replaced. Make sure all window panes are intact.
The technicians at ICE Wildlife and Pest Control are able to come to your home for a complete inspection, including your attic and roof. Their expert eyes have been trained to find and seal even the smallest of entry points.
Protecting Your Home
Once you have inspected your home for any potential entry points, you’ll need to have them sealed up. If you’re a do-it-yourself-er, you could try sealing the entry points on your own. Keep in mind though rats will chew their way through just about anything, so only choose the highest grade of materials.
The highly trained technicians at ICE Wildlife and Pest Control will come out with highest grade of calking, mesh and other sealants to protect your home from rodents. Our technicians will also make sure the areas they seal won’t stick out like a sore thumb, or become an eye sore on your home.
The cold Toronto winter is well on its way. Pest proofing your home against rodents’ ensures that you and your family will be the only ones cozying up to the fireplace this winter.
If you suspect your home may have gaps and cracks that are letting rodents in, call us today! The expert technicians at ICE Wildlife and Pest Control will find and seal all opening is your home.