Rodents Seek Shelter from Cold Nights and Rainy Season
Rats live in our ivy, nibble on our garden vegetables, dig into our trash, and may even bite our near and dear furry friends.
To say we despise rats would be an understatement. So, when we see that February is almost over and April is about a month away, we can’t help but feel a little worried. In case you don’t know, April is very appropriately nicknamed “April Showers” for—yep, you guessed it—spring downpours.
Cold Months Mean Rats
Depending on where you live, this could mean several inches of rain or some light drizzling. Even the occasional dreary night is still cause to worry. You see, like humans, rats aren’t big fans of the cold.
Yes, they can tolerate it and even endure the rain when it pours but they’d rather be inside where it is warm and cozy, and there’s scraps of food just waiting to be eaten up.
So, when those cold nights roll in and you think you’ve spotted these long-tailed critters scurrying by, here’s what you need to do:
Seal Off Entrances
First and foremost, seal off any cracks in your house to prevent rodents from burrowing in. You can also douse a cotton ball with peppermint oil (not alcohol-based) and wipe it along “problem areas” as an extra preventative measure.
This trick is good to use inside your house. It can work outside too; however, if it rains, the peppermint oil will wash off.
Clean Up Food
Make sure you don’t leave any food lying around (inside or outside) your house. Always, always, always dump your trash in your trashcan instead of letting it sit on the side. The lack of protection and strong smell of rotting food will only attract those furry critters to your home.
Invest in Some Rat-Repellent Plants
Rats hate peppermint, hyacinths, and daffodils, which is all the more reason to plant these around your garden and other target areas.
Bring Out the Traps
Depending on the size of your rodent infestation, you’ll want to lie out one, two, or several traps. Types of traps include glue traps, bait boxes, and snap traps. All are relatively inexpensive and easy to set up. However, snap traps and bait boxes that use poison can be dangerous to have around children and pets.
If you suspect you have a rodent infestation and have tried everything you can to get rid of rats, it’s time to contact Preferred Pest Control; we are the #1 Pest Control Specialists in Orange County.
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