Many people think that rodents are inactive during the cold months of winter, but that is not the case. In fact, mice, mouse or rats are more likely to invade your home in the winter. Once the temperature drops, rodents may have difficulty finding reliable food sources outdoors. During this period, they will search for warmth, shelter and food in your home away from the cold, rain and snow.

If you want to keep rats and mice out of your home, here are some rodent control tips for the winter:

Eliminate points of entry

Rats and mice can squeeze through incredibly tight spaces. Therefore, to make it difficult for them to enter your home, you must seal any openings that are more than a quarter-inch in size. Look for gaps around windows, doors or dryer vents and cracks in the building’s foundation or lose sidings.

Keep your kitchen clean

If you leave food scraps lying around in your kitchen, you will attract mice, rats and other pests. So, ensure you keep your kitchen clean and tidy. You should also keep pet food and other dried goods in tightly sealed metal or glass containers that rodents cannot chew through.

Invest in landscaping

Rats and mice may gain access to your attic or eaves by climbing onto tree branches hanging close to your roof. That is why you should be sure to keep trees and shrubs trimmed as the winter approaches.


Do not store piles of wood or any other material near the foundation of your house. These piles may offer a hiding place for rodents who will then start moving into your home as the days get colder.

What to do if you already have mice or rats

While the tips mentioned above may deter rodents, there are no-fool proof ways to prevent rats and mice from entering your home. Since rats and mice are nocturnal, you may already have an infestation if you have heard scratching, gnawing or rustling noises at night. If you have rats and mice, you may also notice droppings, nests made of materials such as pieces of paper, burrows in insulation, gnaw marks on furniture, boxes, plastic containers, or bite holes in your clothing. If you have a significant infestation, you may notice the smell of urine too.

When to call a professional for help

If you have rats or mice that you are not able to get rid of your own or need help rodent-proofing your home for the winter, it is time to call a mouse and rat control specialist for help.

A mouse and rat control specialist will inspect your home and property to find nests, seal cracks and holes that lead from the outside of your house, and create bait stations as well as inform you what you can do to get rid of an infestation and prevent rodents from returning.

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