Rodents are similar to humans in that they prefer an outdoor environment when weather conditions are good. However, when the seasons change and the weather brings cooler temperatures and precipitation, rats seek shelter indoors and often times inside the attics or crawlspaces of homes. Although, San Diego’s climate is moderate, the winter months are when rat infestations mostly occur and rat removal services are performed.
Homeowners and property managers in San Diego County should take some precautions this winter to prevent rat problems on their property. Rats have a keen sense of smell so sealing up any unpackaged foods, especially sugar-rich foods, will stop the scents that attract rats from being released. Also, food crumbs or dirty dishes should be cleaned as these are perfect food sources for rats to feed on. Keep pet food and food waste stored securely in bins with a cover or lid. Rats can knock over lids that are not securely fastened to the bin.
Rats can live in outdoor or indoor locations on your property, both causing potential risk and damage to your investments. Yards should be regularly manicured and free from clutter such as piles of wood or unused appliances or furniture. This gives them nowhere to hide since all rodents prefer dark, quiet spots to nest. Also, to prevent rodents from entering your house, seal up all openings and holes in your house. Rats can squeeze into any hole the size of a quarter or bigger, so roof vents or chimney flues are not a problem for rats to get through. Openings where waterlines or wires enter the home are common spots for rats to enter.
Pro Pacific offers rodent control, rat removal, and rodent proofing services to keep your homes free from unwelcomed guests this winter. Call today to learn of more options to protect your home and family from rodents.