Welcome to the Fall Season of the year!  The weather is cooler, football season is started and everyone goes crazy over Pumpkin Spice!  It really is the best time of the year, especially in Texas.

With the impending colder weather, mice and rats are one “pest” we would rather not encounter.  This brings us to the pest of the quarter.  According to the CDC, there are 3 steps you can take to prevent an infestation in your home.

          SEAL UP!  Rodents can enter your home through a hole the size of a nickel.  Look for gaps or holes inside and outside your home, focusing around any gaps or penetrations through your perimeter wall.  In your attic and/or crawlspace, take care to prevent any wear around your vents, cables, eaves, or skirting.  Fill small holes with steel wool or caulk, or large holes with flashing or cement.

          TRAP UP!  Rodents run next to walls or other objects for safety.  Place a trap with peanut butter or glue pad in the area you suspect activity.  This can be indicated by pellets or chew marks.  Take caution disposing of mice or rats; their urine may contain diseases.

          CLEAN UP!  Rodents love to be warm and fed.  Make sure you’re not doing either.  Store your food and waste in rodent proof containers with tight lids; this includes outside feed, bird seed, and compost bins.  Eliminate possible nesting sites such as wood piles, hay, and high grass or shrubs around your home.

          Staying diligent throughout the winter can also help prevent squirrels or snakes from entering your home in the spring and summer months.

          Here at Double “D”, we strive to keep you comfortable throughout the year.  Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.  We work for you!