We've arrived at that part of the year where tiny critters are trying to find ways inside our homes to stay warm. Here are some great ways to stop it.

This morning comes the news, that for the sixth-straight year, Chicago is the 'Rattiest' city in America. It's nearly impossible to avoid rats, mice and other rodents in the big cities. If you've ever walked through an alley, or behind a restaurant, you weren't alone. The likelihood that you shared that alley with a rat or a mouse, is very high.

Orkin Pest Control's ratings revealed that Chicago, along with Los Angeles and New York, are the most rat-infested U.S Cities. The Orkin's pest control experts say our homes don't have to become like the big city, if we just take a few precautions.

  • Do not leave out food. Small crumbs and garbage are popular food sources, as are dry goods such as grains and cereals. These should be kept in sealed metal or glass containers to prevent contamination.
  • Avoid cluttered spaces. Cardboard objects prove attractive to rodents, as they tend to chew them up for use in their nests. Take advantage of your extra time at home to clean and organize crowded spaces around the house.
  • Do not let the landscaping run wild. Tall grass with adequate harborages, such as woodpiles next to the house, can be ideal habitats for rodents. Tree branches in contact with homes can also offer rodents easy access to the upper levels of your home where they may find a way into the attic.
  • Inspect both inside and outside your home for rodent droppings, burrows and rub marks along baseboards and walls. The more quickly rodents are detected, the better.
  • Look for possible entry points outside your home and seal cracks and holes if any are found. Install weather strips around entryways, especially under doors, to help block rodents from sneaking inside.

[H/T ABC 7 Chicago]