Even people with the cleanest of homes can experience unwanted visitors in their homes this time of year. Colder Omaha weather drives vermin inside seeking warmer accommodations, food, and water.
At Genie Pest Control, we call this “rodent season,” and unfortunately most of our customers don’t find it enjoyable or sporting at all to hunt for the mice and even rats that take up housekeeping in their homes.
Omaha pest control and extermination technicians are often asked if there are things that can be done to keep rodents out altogether. While mice and rats are incredibly determined and able to squeeze through even the smallest of holes, some steps can be taken to help foil their plans to come inside.
Rodents can squeeze through a hole as small as a dime, so leave no gap or opening unfilled. Some holes can be plugged using fine steel wool, which is difficult for rodents to chew through. Foam insulation works, too but is often breached by these chewing, burrowing pests. Many times, more extensive Omaha home repairs are needed to take care of aging siding or framework that has deteriorated over time and left an entry point for pests.
Trimming back trees and bushes can help prevent Omaha rodents from climbing up, then hopping over to entry points such as rain gutters or small openings in or around the roof area. And, don’t neglect the gaps that may exist around doors and windows. You’ll want to replace or repair weatherstripping in these areas well before the first chilly day arrives.
Another helpful tip is to try to eliminate the tantalizing smell of food that can entice mice and rats to come in for a self-serve buffet. Keeping food in paper or plastic bags is not a deterrent. Instead, keep food in airtight containers or inside of the fridge if you think mice or rats may be trying to take advantage of your hospitality.
If it’s too late and you already have unwanted guests, it can take time and patience to solve the issue on your own. Traps and poisons can be both messy and dangerous, especially if there are children or pets in the home. Not eliminating Omaha rodents from your living space is never an option; these Omaha pests can carry and spread disease.
The best time to address a mice or rat infestation is before you have one. A visit from Genie Pest Control can identify and remedy the problem areas in and around your home that leave your Omaha living space vulnerable to rodents like mice and rats.
Professional Omaha pest control is often the only way to eradicate mice and rats from your home, and Genie Pest Control has been solving rodent problems for homeowners for years. Call us today at (402) 346-7810.