To save yourself from the frustration of a rat or mouse infestation, it’s important to learn how to keep rodents away from your property. In addition to simply being gross, rodents can be destructive and dangerous, too. Rats and mice can contaminate surfaces, chew through wires, leave smelly feces, and more.
If you want to avoid a rodent infestation, keeping reading for Loyal Termite & Pest Control’s top tips on preventing mice and rats in your property.
How to Keep Rodents Away For Good
When it comes to preventing rodents, it’s important to understand how they got inside in the first place. Some mice can squeeze through holes that are no bigger than the size of a dime! Most rats and mice find their way indoors through cracks or crevices in the foundation, or in openings where pipes and wires are fed indoors. Once indoors, rats and mice are commonly found hiding in walls, attics, basements, and other dark, clutter-filed areas.
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Preventing Mice and Rats in 4 Steps
To keep rodents away, there are 4 main ways to do so:
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool, expanding-foam insulation, or another product.
- Always store food in airtight containers and keep tight lids on garbage cans.
- Avoid extra moisture in your basements, attics, and crawl spaces and always keep them clean.
- Place screens over vents and chimney openings. Repair damaged screens on doors and windows.
When to Use a Rodent Exterminator
Getting rid of rats and mice on your home can be difficult. As soon as you notice the signs of rodents, it’s best to call an exterminator. At Loyal Termite & Pest Control, our IPM practices allow us to focus on preventing pest infestations before they begin. To learn how we can keep you rodent-free all year long, give our team a call today!Back to Rodent Exterminator
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