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6 Tips for Rodent control in the Winter

Summer is known as one of the best seasons throughout the entire year due to the warm temperatures and comfortable lightweight clothes. But, it’s not the best season when we take into consideration the amounts of mosquitoes and other types of insects that we get with it. Aside from that, snakes and spiders are present as well, and you’re probably quite familiar with them if you’re a regular hiker or a person who lives in a not-so-urban area.

The best thing about winter is that the amount of pests is drastically reduced, but not to the absolute zero. Some rodents have their tricks to cause harm to your property, and if you are not ready for them, it can be a problem.

You see, every living creature has a purpose in the cycle of life and the food chain, but, sometimes there are so many pests, we have to take care of them on our own. When it comes to rodents, they are considered to be one of the most annoying pests, especially in winter. The thing is, they don’t fly away in the south when the temperatures drop. They want to find shelter in the comfort of your home, while slowly biting away every part of it. Let’s take a look at how you can prevent all this in the upcoming winter.

Don’t leave your trash exposed

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Leaving your trash exposed is a number one mistake when it comes to avoid attracting rodents. You often have a lot of “attractive” things in your trash that rodents would love to taste. These things include food remains, half-empty drinks, and many others. One of the best ways to take care of this is by sealing off your trash in at least two plastic bags, then placing it somewhere a bit higher off the ground. Or, even better, regularly throw it away. The plastic bags will serve as isolation to the smell. If the pests can’t smell your trash, they won’t come after it.

Keep the food in boxes and bags

Your food is probably the most attractive thing in your home when it comes to pests. Keeping it exposed is never a good idea. Everything you have, especially things with a stronger and more specific smell, such as cheese, should be kept in a box, and inside a fridge. The more you isolate the smell of food, the less the chance that rodents will invade your home. There are many resources where you can learn some more in-detail about different types of pests and what attracts them. Knowing this information is the key to prevent an invasion. Thankfully, in 2024 we have the internet and all the required information is just a few clicks away.

Regularly clean up your home

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By cleaning your home you do two different things that have a lot of impacts when it comes to chasing away rodents. First, you’re making a lot of noise, which they don’t like, so it might be a bit scarier for them to “invade” a home where they know that someone can trap them. Not that rodents are thinking this logically, but you get the idea. Every living creature can be scared off. And second, you are often removing the trash and not allowing it to get all smelly and attractive. So, cleaning regularly is a tip that doesn’t cost any money, and you can implement it as a good habit in your lifestyle. After all, everyone should clean their home, or at least their room regularly.

Chimneys and vents should be screened-off

Rodents don’t choose their pathway to your house. Whatever route works for them. They will find the shortest and easiest way to get inside and chew on your furniture, leftover food, and floors. Chimneys will provide exactly what they need, and the same thing goes for vents as well. You should screen-off these areas of your home and you will block two very important pathways for the rodents. This will give you increased protection against them in the upcoming winter. The thing is, vents and chimneys can be safely screened off because it doesn’t make any difference for the air that needs to go through them, but it does a lot of difference when we talk about pests.

Seal up all the cracks in your walls

If some of your walls have cracks in them, rodents can use them to get inside. Now, this is not very likely to happen, because the cracks need to be quite large to give them such an opportunity, and if they are that large already, you would’ve sealed them off in the past. But, it’s still an important thing to note. If you have some cracks in the walls that you don’t know about, they might be letting all of those pests in.

Don’t leave your firewood on the ground

If you keep your firewood inside your home, that’s a mistake you should avoid doing. Keep it somewhere in your yard if possible. If the rodents go after it, at least they won’t be inside your home. If you keep the firewood inside, you should at least try to place it as far off the ground as possible.


Your house is the perfect shelter for rodents in winter. It has everything they need. Warmth, food, water, and most importantly, things to bite on, which is quite important for their hobby. If you ever had a rodent invasion in your home, you probably know how everything looks like. Chewed out books, chairs, tables, and everything that looks tasty to them.

Sometimes this can be a quite large materialistic damage, and that’s something that we cannot allow. In the article above we explained some of the best rodent control ways that you can implement in the upcoming winter. We hope that our tips were clear and helpful enough. We wish you the best of luck in the future, and remember, pests don’t belong in your home.

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