“One ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This old saw certainly applies when it comes to the winter months in Florida. As soon as the temperature drops, critters such as squirrels, mice, and rats start looking for a warm, cozy place to call home. This can be really bad news…when it’s YOUR home they’re invading. Once inside, these wily rodents make themselves right at home, chewing on electrical wires, shredding insulation, and even chowing down on aluminum siding.

Here are some tips for keeping your kingdom safe from these furry invaders:

  1. Plug all entry holes into your home. Keep in mind that mice can fit through a space no bigger than a half-dollar, or about ¼ inch wide. Gaps between doors and door frames are prime entryways. Garages have lots of appeals, so don’t leave yours open on chilly days inviting rodents to come on in.
  2. Cut shrubs and trees away from your house. Rodents, particularly squirrels, are aerialists. They can run up a tree, leap on to the roof and slip through any little gap they find. So don’t let any tree branch, vine or bush touch your house.
  3. Install gutter guards. In addition to keeping your gutters clear of debris, most gutter guards will also prevent rodents from building nests in your gutters or finding points of entry into the soffits.

If, despite your best efforts, you hear the pitter-patter of tiny rodent feet in your ceiling or walls, call All American Pest Service at (941) 202-9270. We provide rodent traps and bait stations so that you don’t have to handle irate rodents or dead carcasses.