5 Ways to Ensure Pests Stay Out of Your Home

In the Pacific Northwest, our cold rainy winter weather is quickly approaching. Cold icy weather can damage the roof and exterior parts of the house. Even the smallest crack can allow pests, like ants, rodents and even squirrels, into our homes. They are looking for a warm, dry place to call home for the winter. 

In preparation for the winter weather, you need to be proactive and defend your home from common winter pests. Ignoring the little cracks and holes in the exterior of your home allows pests into your home. Once they are there, it can be difficult to remove them.  Pests such as raccoons, skunks, mice, bats, squirrels, and some insects should be considered a serious threat to most any Seattle home or business. 

Mice, Rats and other rodents

Rodents easily adapt to different environments.  Many small animals hibernate during winter, but rodents, like mice, rats and squirrels, do not. Rodents prefer the dark recesses in your home where they can hide and raise a family. They damage your walls and floors because rodents love to chew on everything. They will even chew through your electrical wiring exposing your home to a fire hazard. These pests may also carry various diseases such as salmonella and hantavirus, putting those inside the home at risk of getting sick. If you see one rodent, there are always more. Call Guardian Pest Control to address the issue immediately before serious damage is made to your home and health.

Prevention and pest control actions to stop such pests from entering and thriving in your home during this winter are important.  

  • Clean up outside: A lot of pests hide in piles of leaves during winter to keep warm. You need to rake and remove the leaves. Allow at least a foot of space between the exterior of your home and any bushes and undergrowth, so that pests do not have a way to climb onto or into any siding or entry points. If you have wood piles or lumber, store them at least 18 inches above ground and a foot or so away from your home.
  • Close holes and other possible entry points. Caulk and seal any holes or cracks that might serve as points of entry. Weather-strip doors and windows if there are large cracks. This will keep the warm air inside, too.
  • Remove rodent food. Pick up and compost fruit and vegetables that fall to the ground. Feed outdoor pets during the day and don’t leave leftover food lying around. Don’t store pet food outside.
  • Keep the inside of your house clean: Pests are in your home looking for food and water. Declutter, wipe down the kitchen counters and cover your trash bins tightly.
  • Use garbage can lids that cannot be opened by animals.  Keep them secured to stop raccoons or other animals from looking into your trash.

What Guardian Pest Control Will Do for You

Guardian Pest Control has several methods at its disposal to help eliminate rats, mice, and rodents. A pest control specialist will make a thorough inspection of the premises, and advise you on ways to keep rodents away. We will check for any signs of an infestation, like droppings and teeth marks. We will continue to monitor the traps to make sure that your rat, mouse or rodent problem is gone and that your home or office is set up to prevent any further infestation.

When you hire our pest control services, our team of professionals use a tried and trusted approach to remove the threat permanently.  Our Seattle Rat & Rodent Control Services include but are not limited to:

  • A full interior and exterior inspection of the home including attic and crawl space. 
  • Set rat, mice & rodent traps in the attic, crawl space, garage, etc where rodents have established.
  • Seal rat, mice & rodent entry points to prevent future infestations. 
  • Analyze insulation condition (Rat & rodent feces, urine, nests) and R Value. Remove insulation, sanitize attic with a federally labeled Disinfectant/Sanitizer/Virucide and install new insulation (Blown in & Bat/Fiberglass insulation). 
  • Install single feed bait stations on the exterior of the home to help control rats & rodents before they enter the structure. 
  • As a safeguard against future invaders, we will include a One Year Warranty on areas sealed with all exclusion and proofing work.

Rats, mice and other pests can become a huge problem once they’ve taken hold and started breeding in a home. Sometimes, you don’t even notice you have a pest problem until it’s too late. Guardian Pest Control can help you deal with them using the most up-to-date techniques and equipment. If you see a rat, mouse or rodent, it is vital to contact a professional immediately to assess the situation. If you see one, there will quickly be several more once its friends and family come to join it. 

If you are in need of a complete roof inspection or pest control services, please call  877-926-9966 or schedule online so we can make sure you are protected from all the harsh elements that may damage your home!