5 Tips for Rodent Proofing Your House
Rats and mice are among the most annoying and dangerous of all pests. They damage your home and spread dangerous diseases. Luckily, you can arm yourself with knowledge and the right tools to keep these rodents out of your home.
Seal Off Points of Entry
Mice and rats can force themselves through the tiniest crevices, so homeowners must seal off as many of these entry points as possible. A torn window screen, a worn-out door seal, or a gap around an outdoor vent can all serve as routes of entry for rodents. Remember that they are persistent as well; they have been observed chewing through drywall and wood in order to gain entry.
Secure Your Food
Countless homeowners are providing rodents with a free buffet by neglecting to secure their food. Packages of food stored on or near the floor is an obvious attraction. Keeping your food in elevated spots will make it difficult - though not impossible - for rodents to access it. The next step is to transfer the food to secure containers. Flour and grains should be stored in tightly sealed plastic totes. It is also important to keep your kitchen and pantry clean to prevent rodents from feeding on food bits that have fallen on the floor.
Eliminate Water Sources
Rodents have a hard time finding water in hot, dry weather. A water source combined with the relative safety of your house will attract a fair amount of these furry pests. The water source could be many things: dripping pipes, a leaking foundation, or appliances that leak water. Examine your home for anything that leaves a puddle, especially in the crawlspace or basement. Repair them at once so that your house doesn't become a rodent oasis.
Look for Signs of Infestation
Despite the best countermeasures, rodents will probably get into your home now and then. Therefore, it's important for you to learn the signs of rodent activity so that you can take action before they reproduce and become a serious problem. Rodents tend to travel along the edge of the wall, so look for feces around these areas. You will also see urine under a blacklight. Finally, a tiny hole chewed in the wall is a sure sign that a rodent is present.
It's always best to catch a lone rodent before it has a chance to reproduce. You can do this by using strategically placed traps. The classic snap trap still works well when baited with peanut butter and a raisin. Glue traps are another good choice, although they leave you with the task of dispatching the rodent before disposal. For those who have qualms about killing these creatures, there are many live traps on the market that work quite well. Just be sure to release the rodents far from your home, ideally in a forest or meadow.
Wild rodents are unwelcome guests in any home. If you see the signs of rodent infestation, put these tips to use in the meantime and call A-Academy Termite & Pest Control. With the right know-how and some help from the pros, you'll be able to foil these creatures at every turn and keep your home safe and sanitary.