Anyone can lose their composure if they see a rodent in their home, whether it’s the kitchen, the attic, the basement, or the dining room. These common pests, unfortunately, are crafty creatures that can squeeze through tiny openings. We’ve listed five easy tips to prevent mice and rodents from invading your home.
Sanitize Your Home
Keeping your home clean is an excellent first line of defense against rodents. This can be done by removing any clutter that may harbor these pests and cleaning up pet waste and food spills immediately. It’s also a good idea to clean your garage because this is another common hiding place for mice and rats.
Keep Your Outside Clean
If you have a yard, keeping it clean and free of debris is essential. This will help keep rodents away. If trees are near your home, ensure they are trimmed so that the branches don’t touch any part of your home or building. Any rodent will be attracted to your attic and piles and bushes close by.
Seal Entry Points
Determine where rodents could get in and seal those areas off. When you take the time to seal off any potential entry points, you reduce the likelihood that rodents will be able to gain access to your home. Mice can get through tiny spaces, so fill gaps with caulk or sealant. If there is an opening that you can’t seal off, try putting something on top of it to make sure mice cannot fit through. You may consider using steel wool or copper mesh as a rodent barrier.
Use Baits and Traps
When determining where mice are getting in, it is essential to use bait and traps. You can also use bait to catch the mice that have already entered your home, so they do not breed and cause an infestation. Traps can be placed near areas where rodents travel or live, such as behind appliances or inside walls. Place the traps where you have seen mice or droppings have been found.
Seek Professional Help
If you have tried to eliminate rodents in your home but still see droppings or signs that they are still there, it’s time to call in a professional. A professional pest control company can set up traps and bait stations to help keep mice and rodents out of your home. They can also perform regular inspections to make sure no new rodents have moved in while you are trying to do it yourself.
Rodents are known for reproducing quickly; if left untreated, a minor problem can soon escalate into a major one. Because of the risks they pose to people’s health, rodents must be managed and controlled effectively. At Tornado Pest Control, we understand the importance of rodent control and extermination. We offer various services to help you eliminate rats, mice, and other types of pests in your home or business. Our technicians are professional and knowledgeable, and we’ll work with you to develop a customized solution that meets your needs. Call now!