Not only are rodents considered disgusting, but when they make their way into your home, they can cause all sorts of problems. Most homeowners will do just about anything to keep these nasty pests out of their home this winter. A-Tex Pest Management is here to share some tips that will help you keep rodents away from your home.
How to Stop Mice & Rats from Entering Your Home
There are many things that you may be doing that is attracting rodents to your home without you even realizing it. Here are some tips to help you avoid making these common mistakes:
– Block Rodent Entry Points: This is the first and most important tip when it comes to avoiding a rodent infestation in your home. Many people don’t realize that it takes a very small hole for a mouse to get into your home. If you have any small openings, even the size of a dime, these rodents can get in. Give your home a thorough inspection and keep rodents out of your home for good by sealing any cracks, holes or openings that you find.
– Close Garage Door: Many mice and rats will settle for your garage when it comes to getting out of the cold this winter. Keep your garage door closed as much as possible to avoid this problem.
– Store Pet Food Properly: Just like rodents will eat your food, they will also eat your pet’s food. You should be storing it in a container with a tight fitting lid and made of heavy plastic.
– Get a Cat or Dog to Deter Rodents: Many homes that have a cat or dog that will hunt mice and rats don’t have any many problems as pet free homes. Get a dog or cat that will keep your home rodent free.
– Trim Landscaping to Keep Rats & Mice Out: If your landscaping is overgrown, this creates the perfect place for rodents to hang out. You should pay close attention to any shrubbery that is located near your home’s foundation and keep it trimmed to deter rodents.
– Keep Floors Clean to Not Attract Rodents: Rodents are going to be attracted to a food source just as much as they are to the warmth. When you keep your floors and your countertops free from crumbs and food scraps, your kitchen won’t be as appealing to rodents. You should also be storing your food in heavy plastic containers that rodents won’t be able to nibble their way through to avoid an infestation problem.
– Seal Trash Cans: Rodents don’t care if your food is fresh or rotten. They will get into your trash if they have the chance. Make sure your trash can has a tight fitting lid to keep rodents out of it.