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12 Pests of Christmas: A Rat Chewing On My Christmas Lights!

🎵 On the first day of Christmas, my PMP found for me ... a rat chewing on my Christmas lights! 🎵

The holidays are are stressful time for everyone. Gift shopping and wrapping, travel, extended time spent in close quarters with family -- it can all add up to a lot to deal with. The last thing you need are rats and mice invading your home, but unfortunately that is the number one pest issue of the season. Here's how to control a winter rodent infestation.

Rats and Mice of the Holidays

The cold and wet weather of the holidays drives rodents inside homes, looking for a warm, dry, food-filled place to take cover. The weather also keeps people inside their homes, giving everyone more chances to notice a rodent infestation. Add these factors together and rodents become the most-encountered pest of the winter.

What can you do to keep rats and mice out during winter? If you already have rodents in your home, then your first call should be to Eastside Exterminators. Our certified technicians will diagnose the causes and solutions to all your pest problems. Call us now at 425-482-2100 to schedule a thorough rodent inspection.

There are other steps you can take to prevent a winter rodent infestation:

Seal Entry Points Around Perimeter of Your Home

rats carry diseases - get rats out of the house

Check around the outside edges of your home, where the walls meet the ground. Any cracks, gaps, holes or openings should be sealed with waterproof caulking or another sealant. Additionally, any gaps in your roof -- including under eaves and soffitts, and under loose shingles, can provide access to rats and mice.

Also look for gaps inside your home, especially anywhere close to a crawlspace. Seal these nooks and crannies to keep rats and mice out this holiday season.

Keep Area Around Your Home Clear

Rodents love to hide in piles of debris, old wood and garbage. If these debris piles are close to your home, rats and mice can easily gain access inside. Keep the area around your home clean and clear of debris to prevent rodents from getting inside.

Similarly, overgrown bushes, hedges and trees along the outside of your house can harbor rodents. Trim back foliage -- including branches overhanging your roof -- at least four feet from your home to prevent a rodent infestation. Don't give rats and mice an easy route into your home!

Call Us For Professional Winter Rodent Infestation Solutions

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You can take steps to prevent rats and mice from getting into your home, but rodents can still find a way. If you need pest control service near Seattle, call us today at 425-482-2100. Protect your home from rodents, and enjoy the holidays in peace!