Rodents, such as mice and rats will look for any and every opportunity to invade your home. These pests are looking for a convenient shelter along with water and food supply, and a house provides an ideal spot.
However, it is possible to turn your home into an uninviting place for these creatures. Here is a look at how you can protect your home from rodents.
Rats and mice are destructive by nature, but following these tips for rodent prevention in your home can help to keep them away.
1. Seal Any Cracks in Your Home’s Foundation
One of the first things you can do for rodent prevention is to seal any cracks within your home’s foundation. They are one of the first places mice and rats tend to find. Patch up your foundation regardless of the size of the hole or gap.
2. Eliminate Points of Entry
Visually inspect all windows and doors, including the garage door, and eliminate any gaps that exist in the seals. Make sure all entry points close properly as well.
3. Inspect Your Roof
Some rodents will go to the top of a home to look for entry. Check your home’s roofing, vents and chimney for breakages and leaks. Fill in any gaps and ensure your chimney is capped to prevent any rodent from entering your home.
4. Eliminate Food Sources
Never leave any food out for extended periods of time and always clean dirty dishes. Rodents have a keen sense of smell and can go after leftover food on plates or in pots. Mice and rats can get into cabinets, too, so it is vital to keep foods such as boxed cereals and bagged sugar in sealed, airtight containers.
5. Regularly Take the Trash Out
Be sure to empty the trash inside your home regularly. If your trash cans are kept outside or in the garage, ensure the lids are tightly closed.
6. Tidy-Up Your Home’s Perimeter
Monitor the area surrounding your home. Regularly remove any garden debris and ensure you do not have any woodpiles against your home.
7. Clean Inside Your Home
Regularly clean inside your home to avoid attracting rodents. Any clutter or piles of objects provide hiding spots as well as potential nesting sites.
8. Check Wires and Pipes
Wires and pipes can be a point of entry to rodents from the outside. Inspect the openings that your pipes or wires enter into your home. Properly seal off any gaps if there is space between your home and wire or pipe.
9. Fix Any Leaks Inside
Carefully inspect your bathrooms, attic, basement and other areas for any leaks. Immediately fix any big or small leak because the moisture can attract rodents and other pests, such as ants, spiders, cockroaches, and termites.
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