While winter temperatures in Phoenix and Tucson likely won’t reach critical lows, plenty of outdoor pests will still be making a pilgrimage indoors to escape the season’s chilly mornings and high winds. In contrast to the warmer summer months when bees and garden insects rule the roost, the winter months see an influx of rodents, squirrels and other larger animals that scurry inside when the weather heads south. Here’s how you can send them a clear message that your home isn’t open for business:
Close Down All Points of Entry
Like burglars, rodents look for the easiest ways to break into your home. Cracks around the foundation, window gaps and sewage lines are some of the most common culprits, but mice and rats won’t hesitate to dig into any hole as long as they can squeeze into it – something that usually isn’t a problem for their tiny and flexible frames. While it’s tough to cover your entire house, sealing off as many potential points of entry as possible can help drive rodents on the go to another hiding place. When you’re ready to get started, get sealing tips from the University of Arizona.
Turn Your Home into a Food Desert
The search for warmth may be the main reason behind winter’s pest migration indoors, but easy access to food is what keeps pests inside long after their arrival. To avoid giving rodents and other small animals a reason to stay, keep all food packed away in airtight containers, especially the dry goods in your pantry. Since pests aren’t too picky, garbage is another potential meal source. For better protection all year long, it’s a good idea to invest in rodent-proof trash cans with special lid locks.
Be on Alert for Early Warning Signs
Recognizing the early signs of an infestation is the key to protecting your home from pricey damages down the road. Droppings, dead pests, holes in walls and bite marks on food containers all point to an active rodent problem, while strange sounds up above can mean that your attic is home to squirrels or raccoons. If you suspect that you have an infestation, schedule a professional inspection appointment as soon as possible to get the eviction process rolling before your new tenants multiply.
With the arrival of the coldest months of the year, rodents and other common outdoor pests are looking for warmer places to settle until spring comes back around. Taking preventative action today can help you stop them from moving into your house tomorrow. Need expert help with pest-proofing your home for the winter? Contact us to learn more about our comprehensive pest control services in Phoenix and Tucson.