Rodents that get into your home can become a huge problem because they can contaminate food storage and preparation areas. They can spread bacteria and disease, some of which can be fatal. They can also damage your property and there is also the risk of fires from chewed wires. Rodents need three things to live:
Rodents are very crafty. You will need to be smart and pull out all the stops to keep them out of your home. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control offers valuable tips below.
1. Seal Off Rat & Mice Entry Points
Even the tiniest gaps and cracks will allow rodents to make their way into your home. Mice can get into your home through a hole that size of a dime, rats the size of a quarter. Look for these openings on the walls, windows, doors, drains and eaves. Seal openings you find with steel wool, caulk, hardware cloth or cement.
2. Don’t Leave Food Out for Rodents to Eat
Rodents are very resourceful and will find things to eat around your property. Make sure that trash cans are covered tightly, pick produce as it ripens and don’t leave it laying on the ground. If you feed pets outside do it during the day and don’t store the pet food outside.
3. Tidy Home Will Help Keep Rats & Mice Away
Keeping your home clean is the best way to keep any pests away. It’s also important to clean up any food that may be lying around. Rodents are also attracted to smells. Smells coming from the fridge, dishwasher or the trash is enough to get rodents interested in your home. Free you home of mess and clutter so rodents don’t have places to hide.
4. Fix Leaks & Remove Water Sources from Rodents
As well as looking for food, rodents will also look for water and moisture. Leaks in the kitchen, bathroom, attic and basements provide water that rodents need to survive. Not only do these leaks attract pests, they can damage your property.
5. Keep Yard Clean to Keep Rodents Out
Don’t make it easy for rodents to live in your yard. Piles of wood and lumber should be kept at least 18 feet away from your home and heavy vegetation also needs to be trimmed back at least four feet from your home.
6. Talk to Neighbors About Rats & Mice
If you have a rodent problem, chances are your neighbors are dealing with them too. Talk to you neighbors and make sure you’re all taking the same steps. This gives you the best chance at eliminating the problem.
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Rodents can be very frustrating to deal with. The best way to keep prevent a rodent infestation is to keep them out of your home to begin with. If you do discover an infestation, call the professionals at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control for help!