If your garage is anything like mine, there's a chance that you are on the verge of a rodent infestation in your home. In the past couple of weeks, I have spent numerous hours removing rodents from peoples homes. The common denominator in almost all of these infestations was the garage. Here in the greater Houston area many of our homes have these garages that are not attached to the home beyond a breezeway so many people don't think of the fact that they are actually still attached to the home. These breezeways often times are the route for our electrical lines from the panel in the garage to the interior of our home. Due to the fact that the wires need to run through, they are most often not sealed to prevent pest activity. Take a look at my garage where it leads into the breezway...
As you can see, someone at one time put some chicken wire to prevent squirells or racoons from getting into the home but it is not enough to stop a rat or mouse. Often times we are attracting these rodents to our garage by storing bird seed, pet food, even grass seed in unsealed containers. Rodents are drawn by the food and if they can find a nice place to stay warm and dry too, they will.
This past few weeks with our cold temperatures we have seen a lot more rodents making their way indoors. They need to stay warm too. More often than not, it is the mama rats that are looking for a warm place to have their litter.
Most of us do a thorough winterization of our hose spigots, pipes, even plants, but the thing that is almost always forgotten is pests. A great course of action in the fall months before the cold comes is to check all of your door seals, make sure your home and garage are sealed up tightly and make sure to thoroughly seal the spot between your garage and your home.
Don't forget these gaps! We operate on a system called the rule of thumb. If your thumb can fit through a hole, a rat can fit through it too. Rats have exceptionally flat skeletal systems with the largest part being their skull. If their head can fit, the rest of them can too. If the hole is the size of your pinky or greater, a mouse can fit in as well. Other methods is using the end of a ballpoint pen.
Adding these door sweeps to your doors will go a long way as well. The rubber ones often get chewed through by mice and rats if they want in an area bad enough.
Make sure the seals go all the way down to the seal plate and don't leave any gaps. This one on my door was put in after seeing the squirrel netting and cages. It was clear that there was a problem once but they never addressed the root cause. The entry point.
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