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Winter rodent repelling: how to protect your home from common winter pests

As the winter chill settles in, so do unwanted guests. Rats and mice along with other common winter pests are notorious for seeking warmth and shelter when temperatures drop, including in your home. To help you stay pest-free during the winter season, the experts at Mesh Direct recommend these tips to mitigate the risk of rodent infestations.

Seal entry points

Inspect your property for any gaps or cracks that rodents could use to gain entry, and seal them securely. Common entry points include spaces around doors and windows, utility openings, vents, and gaps along the foundation. To seal these openings, use materials like silicone caulk for small gaps and wire mesh for larger gaps. Ensure that all potential access points are sealed, leaving no room for rodents to squeeze through and cause havoc in your home.

Store food properly

Storing food properly is crucial to deny rodents a food source. Invest in airtight containers made of glass, plastic, or metal to keep food items secure. Ensure that all packaging is tightly sealed, including bags and boxes, to prevent rodents from gnawing through — this includes any pet food and birdseed too. Quickly clean up dropped crumbs and spills in your kitchen and dining areas. By denying rodents access to food, you not only discourage infestations but also maintain a hygienic living environment year-round that is free from pests such as larder beetles and ants.

Maintain a clean environment

Regularly cleaning your home removes potential nesting sites for pests. Dust, debris, and build-up in hidden corners can provide rodents and insects with the perfect shelter. By routinely vacuuming, sweeping, and wiping down surfaces, you can eliminate these hiding spots.

In addition to cleaning, reducing clutter can minimise the number of places where pests can hide. Pay attention to neglected areas like basements, attics, and storage rooms where they might seek refuge, keeping a clean and organised space.

Carry out regular inspections

Schedule regular inspections to identify and address any infestations. By making these assessments part of your cleaning routine, you can spot early signs of pest activity before it escalates. Focus on common trouble spots such as entry points, cluttered areas, and unused rooms. Look for telltale signs like droppings, gnaw marks, and nests. If you notice any indications of pest presence, take swift action to mitigate the issue by sealing entry points or implementing pest control measures. Timely and regular inspections are a cost-effective way to prevent large-scale infestations and maintain a pest-free environment.

Seek professional help

If a pest problem persists, you should seek professional pest control services. Start by researching certified and experienced providers with proven track records and consider whether you want to use a humane method. Many pest control companies offer online booking services or can be reached via phone, and they will typically schedule a consultation to assess the extent of the infestation. Afterwards, they’ll propose a tailored pest management plan and provide a quote.