Practicing Mouse and Rat Control Prevention Routines

Rodents often stay active throughout the long winter months, and one of the things they’ll be searching for to help them maintain that level of activity is a warm place to stay. Don’t let that warm abode be your home. These mouse and rat control tips can help you keep them out all winter long.

Start Outside

Rodents have to come from somewhere, and for most homeowners, that means they’re coming in through a gap or crack in your foundation or siding. Mice need a gap that’s only the width of a pencil to squeeze into your home. Rats need a slightly larger gap. Do a careful walkthrough of your outdoor space. Do you see any gaps in the foundation, cracks in the siding, or other spaces where they can get in? Pay special attention to incoming wires and pipes, as often these spaces are left completely unsealed, which is an engraved invitation for most creatures to come in.

Beyond just sealing things up, though, you can take it one step further and make your property completely unattractive to them. If you have bird feeders or birdbaths, keep them well away from your home. Cover your trash cans with tightly fitting lids, and don’t leave pet food out on a regular basis. Keep your lawn mowed, and make sure your leaf litter is tidy as well. You’ll want to rake any leaves away from the base of your home and be sure you keep bushes and shrubs trimmed nicely too.

If you have any outdoor clutter, clean it up. Keep your woodpile well away from your home, covered, and neatly stacked. You’ll want to store it about an inch off the ground as well. Check your gutters, too. If there’s a backup, you may be providing the perfect water source for rodents, which could lead to them finding a way into your home.

Move Inside

Once you’ve handled all of the possible exclusion tactics you can outside, your efforts to keep rodents at bay have to move inside. Here, you’ll want to focus on eliminating a place for them to live, any food sources, and any water access they may have. You can eliminate hiding and living spaces by cleaning the clutter. You’ll want to regularly declutter your home, and clean in unexpected places, like behind appliances and furniture, to avoid giving them a hiding place. If you have a storage space in your home, make it as clutter-free as possible. Use plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes (as that can help eliminate nesting material for mice and rats. You’ll also want to store things off the ground if you can.

Eliminating food sources may not be as easy as clearing the clutter, especially if you have little ones. As much as possible, make one space in your home the space for eating. That will help keep crumbs to a minimum. Remember that a single dropped crumb can feed a rodent for quite some time, so keeping your toddler’s snacks out of the other areas of your home will help you focus your rodent prevention efforts on smaller spaces.

Be sure to wipe down the table, the countertops, and even the sink on a regular basis. Clean under and behind your appliances as often as possible to eliminate any dropped crumbs, and sweep after every meal. Don’t forget to clean those hidden areas, too, like the dishwasher and the stove to help keep rodents at bay. You’ll also want to store all of your food in sealed containers to help eliminate the problem.

Putting a stop to the water sources rodents may use can help as well. This one isn’t quite as complicated as it sounds. Simple things like repairing leaks as soon as they become an issue, ensure your pets’ water is dumped each night, and keeping plant trays dry can all be helpful in the fight to stop rodents from entering your home.

If you find signs of rodents in your home, give us a call today. Rodent pest control is no problem, and even if the infestation is bigger than you thought, rodent removal will never be an issue for us. Make an appointment today. 

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