Seeing a rodent in your home will probably make your skin crawl. Not only are rodents like mice and rats nuisances, but they also carry diseases that are harmful to you and your pets.
If untreated, a rodent infestation can cause electrical and structural damage to your home, as well as contaminate your pantry supplies. Luckily, we have created a helpful list to help prevent rodents. Here are some ways to keep rodents out of your home.
Keep Food Stored Securely
Mice and rats usually enter your home in search of food and water, so keeping potential food sources hidden away is essential to preventing an infestation. Ensure dry goods like oats, bread, cereal and pet food is secured in airtight containers.
Do not leave dishes out for too long and wash your pet’s food bowl regularly. Rodents love crumbs, so make sure your floors and counters are cleaned regularly, too.
Cut off Potential Access Points
Most rodents can fit through holes the size of a quarter, making it vital to check your homes for cracks, holes and crevices. Thoroughly check your basement and attic, as these are common entry points for rodents. Ensure your windows and doorframes are sealed and secured and check your foundation for any structural damage.
Maintain a Healthy Yard and Garden
Rodents love any chance to feast on your garden’s fruits and vegetables. Ensure you are picking your crops as soon as they ripen to prevent any unwanted consumers. If you have outdoor pets, clean up any discarded food and do not leave food bowls outside.
Rodents also love thick brush and tree cover for shelter, so make sure your yard is well maintained to avoid creating rodent habitats. Keep firewood and lumber at least a foot off the ground and away from your home, as rodents also love to hide in woodpiles.
Talk with Your Neighbors
Odds are if you have rodents, your neighbors do, too. If you see evidence of a rodent infestation, see if your neighbors are having the same problem. If they are, work together to see what the cause is. Possible issues could be a buildup of garbage, neighborhood hygiene issues or a lack of yard maintenance. If possible, work together with your neighbors to clean up the neighborhood to drive the rodents away.
Call the Experts
A rodent infestation is no joke. While using home traps and poison is common, it can be dangerous and downright gross. If you have rodents in your home, it is best to call in the experts. Contact us today at A-Academy Termite and Pest Control. We’ve been serving New Jersey for over 40 years.