COLORADO SPRINGS – All you hear about this time of the year is winter driving safety, how to winterize your vehicle and how you need to check your furnace before the snow and cold sets in. It’s all information that’s important, especially if you’re new to Colorado.
Fall is all about the ground covered in pretty leaves and pumpkin spice everything. It’s also all about mice. Yes, you read that right…mice. We have the tendency to forget about them during the warmer months and then the first time the temperature dips, the annoying rodents crawl back into the limelight once again.
They find very creative ways to move into your home for food and warmth. They slip through cracks in the walls, open doors or windows, through vents and even cracks in your foundation.
Winterizing your home isn’t just about having a perfect heating system, because that’ll just help keep you and your fuzzy intruders safe and warm. There are things that you should be doing and might need to do if you haven’t kept up on a few things.
Start with inspecting your weather stripping and check the caulking around the house. Look for windows and doors that don’t completely seal. Check for spaces around any type of vent work or even something as small as the coax cable for your internet or cable. Also, check for gaps around any of the pipes leading into your home.
Don’t keep any of your landscaping or leaves very close to your home. Mice use the leaves and the plants as a hiding place while they work to find a way in. Keep plants and leaves a couple of feet from your house. It’s always a good idea to dispose of any built up leaves, weeds or other dead plants that are in your yard. It cuts down on the mice having somewhere to hide and they’ll go visit another yard that has better living conditions.
It’s a common Colorado fall tradition to find an unwanted creature in your house. It’s better to tackle the problem as fast as possible before they get all comfortable and multiply. A lot.
There are numerous ways to get rid of the pests. You can call a company that does pest control, buy glue traps, traditional traps, or even poison. Remember to think about poison placement if you have pets. You can always rely on your cat or dog if they’re really good at it, but it’s a problem that we all encounter when it gets chilly.