The dip in temperatures, arctic wind chill, and lack of light drives us indoors for the winter season. Picture all the things you love about your home in the winter: baking cookies and family meals in the kitchen, reading a good book by the crackling fire, enjoying hot cocoa under the warmth of a blanket. Your house is your shelter, your fortress, and ultimate winter destination. The opportunity to be warm, dry, comfortable, and well-fed- these are all reasons that rodents will try their absolute hardest to gain access to your house during winter.
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1. Move The Woodpile.
There are several stake out spots in your yard that rats can comfortably camp out in while they plot how to get inside. What rats really seek out above all else is a food and water source. They even enjoy dark and damp spaces. So it’s actually no surprise that the woodpile is one of their favorite hiding spots. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably stacked your wood pile right up against the house for convenient access. The woodpile will catch and collect rain, giving rats a water source. Rats will wriggle their way into the nooks and crannies of the stacked wood and find a comfortable spot to nest. All the while, they’re checking the exterior of your house that the wood is stacked against for weak spots that they can gnaw through to get in! Be proactive and move your woodpile at least 20 feet away from the house.
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