The holiday season is a time for everyone to get together and to celebrate with each other. It’s a time when a lot is happening in general around the home, and for many people there are things happening that may not be welcome. One of those developments involves rodents looking for winter homes so that they can get out of the cold, the rain and the wind that tends to arrive in full force in San Diego County in December. People who own homes need to take steps to protect themselves from an infestation.
Below you will find a brief overview of suggestions that should be considered for anyone who is looking to defend their homes from rodents such as rats and mice. It should be noted that once a few of these creatures invade a space and begin to breed, it can be very difficult to get rid of them. Anyone who does face this situation needs to obtain the help of experienced San Diego landscaping professionals as soon as possible.
Watch for Signs of Invasion
One of the first steps that any homeowner should take is to look for signs that a problem could be developing. This can be done by looking for droppings in areas along walls and in places that could sit near an opening to the outside of a building. Rats and mice need only a hole the size of a dime to be able to get into a house, so droppings and other signs such as partially eaten food could indicate that it’s time to take another look around.
Set Some Traps
Another step that can be taken after a potential problem is noticed is to put down some traps to see if anything materializes from this strategy. This can be done with relatively inexpensive plastic traps that do not require direct contact with anything that’s caught in them. If the traps produce, it is likely a sign that there are other creatures nearby. Rats and mice are not solitary in nature, and they tend to move into shelter like homes when they are ready to breed or to reproduce. In short, where there is one rat or mouse, there likely are several more.
Get Professional Help
While noticing the potential presence of rodents and putting down some traps may be a good approach at the beginning of the winter, the fact of the matter is that you will need the help of professionals to make sure that everything that can be done is done to prevent an infestation. While nothing is guaranteed, people who have been doing this for years are likely going to experience more success at removing pests.
If you are concerned that your home may be attracting rodents, you need to seek the help of San Diego landscaping professionals who have been helping homeowners deal with this issue successfully for many years. Contact Juniper Landscape Company today to schedule an initial consultation.