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8 TIPS FOR KEEPING RATS AND MICE OUT OF YOUR HOME THIS WINTER

The weather is finally cooling down, and you know what that means: “rodent season” is coming. Of course, rodents can be a problem during any time of year in Southern California, but chilly temperatures mean that indoor infestations will be on the rise. Here’s what you need to know about keeping rats and mice out of your humble abode this winter.

WHY ARE RODENTS SUCH A PROBLEM DURING WINTER?

Rodents are actually more like us than we like to think: they’d much rather be warm and cozy than freezing their tails off outside on a chilly night. As winter approaches, rodents begin to seek shelter where they can find protection from the cold. There are few places warmer than a climate-controlled human home.

Furthermore, wild mice and rats eat a diet that consists largely of seeds, plants, and fruits. Those items become scarcer during fall and winter. Consequently, rodents start to forage for food in human yards and homes, raiding bird feeders, eating cat and dog kibble that’s left outdoors, scrounging through garbage cans, and sneaking indoors to eat food stored in garages and pantries.

HOW TO KEEP RODENTS OUT OF YOUR HOME THIS WINTER

Even if you’ve never seen a mouse or rat around your home, it’s a good idea to use these rodent-proofing tips to make sure a pest control problem never starts. After all, rodents breed extremely fast and from a very young age, and what starts as one mouse can become an infestation before you know it.

1. Cut back any tree branches that are touching your home, especially the roof.

Rats and mice are very clever when it comes to finding a way inside homes. They’ll often use trees like a ladder to climb into windows or onto your roof. If you have particularly tall trees that need trimming, enlist the help of a licensed and insured tree expert so that you can stay safe on the ground.

2. Air-seal your windows and exterior doors.

Did you know that mice can squeeze through a gap as small as a dime? Some can even fit through holes no larger than a pencil’s diameter! You can prevent mice from entering your home by installing caulk on your windows and weatherstripping on your exterior doors. Plus, that air-sealing will help lower your energy bills and make your home more comfortable.

3. Make sure your door sweeps are intact.

Door sweeps are areas that homeowners frequently forget to check. If the sweep is worn or too high off the doorframe, a mouse can easily slip underneath. Also, make sure your garage door’s sweep makes contact with the ground all the way across.

4. Store woodpiles away from your home.

If you use real wood in your fireplace or fire pit, make sure to store it at least 20 feet away from your home. Rodents frequently hide in woodpiles and also use them to access homes.

5. Block access to exterior vents.

Exterior vents are another common access point into homes for mice and rats. You can prevent this by blocking the vent with steel wool. Take care to only caulk the edges so that you’re sealing the steel wool in place but still allowing airflow in and out of the vent.

6. Seal gaps around your home’s exterior.

Do a perimeter check of your home to look for any tiny gaps that a rodent could squeeze through. Typical locations are holes in the walls made for pipes, wires, and cables, or even the refrigerant line for your air conditioner. You can fill the gaps either with steel wool and caulk or a foam sealant.

7. Cut back overgrown landscaping.

Make sure to trim back bushes, shrubs, and vines that are overgrown. These make good hiding places for rodents and make your property a more inviting place to look for shelter.

8. Avoid leaving pet food and birdseed outdoors.

Rats and mice are opportunistic omnivores, meaning they will go for whatever food source is most convenient. Leaving out seeds in a birdfeeder or kibble in a bowl on your patio is an open invitation for foraging rodents to come to your property and stick around for “seconds.”

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    April 28, 2022

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA


    April 28, 2022

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA


    April 28, 2022

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA


    April 28, 2022

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA


    April 28, 2022

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA


    April 28, 2022

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA


    April 28, 2022

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA


    April 28, 2022

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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