When should rodent exclusion start in Florida?
Rodents can be much harder to remove from your home than smaller pests like ants, flies, and other insects. This means that it is essential to get ahead of rodent season by taking preventative measures before their peak season starts. In Florida, we recommend starting rodent control as early as August. Once temperatures start to drop, rodents will instinctively begin to look for places to take shelter through the winter.
When is rodent season?
Rodent season starts whenever temperatures start to drop considerably. In Florida, this means September or early October. When it starts to get colder outside, rats and mice begin their search for a permanent shelter to build a nest in during the winter. Ideally, they will find a location that is warm, hidden, and in close proximity to a food source. This is why our homes are such ideal hiding places for them.
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Why Do Rodents Infest our homes?
Principally, rats and mice get into our homes looking for warmth. Being prey to many local species of animals, they are always on high alert and on the lookout for the best hiding place. However, when the winter comes, the outdoors aren’t going to cut it comfortably. Our insulated attics and walls provide warmer places to stay during the colder months of the year. As a bonus, rats and mice often find their way into our cabinets to get to our food.
How to prepare for rodents in Florida
You might have to take action earlier than you would imagine to keep rats and mice out of your home and yard this winter. The earlier you decide to rodent-proof your property, the better chance you have to avoid an infestation. Even better, the earlier you bring in a professional rodent control company to assess your home, the earlier all vulnerabilities can be discovered and dealt with. Reach out today to learn more about how Florida Pest Control can help you!