Pest Control Shares Winter Tips to Protect Homes from Rodents

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Glenn Stewart is ready to get down to business. He's armed and ready with the right tools to help tenants in a Syracuse apartment get rid of some unwanted guests.

"It's mostly mice and it's mostly in the fall. They start coming in in October,” said Stewart, owner of Bugs Bee Gone Pest Control. “We treat the outside of the premises, but at this time, they've pretty much moved in."

Stewart says he's already been on hundreds of mice calls this season, but he starts everyone the same way: looking for entry points.

"One of the most common places to look is going to be up underneath this toe kick,” Stewart said as he examined the apartment’s kitchen. “Now this one is solid."

Though it's not long before he finds one source of the problem in this apartment.

"This spot right here is actually a place where mice travel,” said Stewart of a hole under the sink. “You can see it."

Landlords say they hope their tenants will be proactive by keeping trash away from their homes outside, and properly storing food inside, but if the problem does come about, they want to know.

"Sometimes what happens is the tenant tries to take care of it themselves,” said Syracuse landlord David Bass. “They don't let you know, and then it gets bigger than what it should be, because now the pests get into the next apartment, the one below or the one above."

Stewart says they can help you patch up any holes that might let rodents in, but one method you can try on your own is just by grabbing some steel wool and insulated foam sealant, two items that you can find at your local hardware store. Stewart also has some tips for baiting mouse traps. Cheese and peanut butter work fine, but if you've notice a critter getting into a particular type of food in your home, try baiting it with what they like, and they'll come right to it.

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