Are Rodents Active in the Winter?

Mouse in house.

Many animals hibernate during the cold winter months and won’t reemerge until spring arrives. However, not all animals hibernate the same way, and some don’t at all—opting to find new homes to protect them and provide for them in the winter.

What kind of rodents come out during winter?

Some common Houston area rodents include deer mice, roof rats, Norway rats, and house mice. The truth is, there isn’t a big difference in the types of rodents active during winter as much as a difference in the number of rodents you may see in your home. During winter, rodents and other pests are seeking water, food, and shelter from the lower temperatures. Your home is the perfect source of all these necessities.

How to Keep Rodents Out of Your House

There are many areas and ways for rodents to enter your home. Check your garage door for any gaps that could allow mice or rats to slip into your garage. Similarly, check your home’s doors and windows to see if there are any gaps or cracks that a determined rodent could slip through. A mouse only needs a hole the width of a pencil to squeeze into your home, so any gaps should be sealed for the best prevention. Some other areas where rodents could make their homes include:

  • Attic
  • Walls
  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Insulation
  • Inside storage boxes

The best way to avoid pest problems is to prevent them entirely. If you see any signs of a rodent infestation, it’s important to contact Preventive Pest Control right away. Two mice that move into your home could reproduce and create a litter of up to 60 mice in the span of one year! Prevent infestations and take back your home this winter. Call (713) 955-7405 to schedule an appointment or contact us online today!

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