Rodents, such as mice and rats, belong outside of the home. They can carry diseases, and guests may associate rodents with unsanitary conditions. Before a problem exists, take the proper precautions to prevent unwanted critters from entering your home.
1. Seal all windows and doors
Install airtight windows and doors or use weatherstripping to fill any small gaps. Exterior doors and damaged screens require the most attention.
2. Repair cracks in your walls and floors
If you have a crack in your home, it can create an entry point for rodents. Repair cracks and damaged walls and floors as soon as you notice them. To repair a crack in a wall, fill the space with crack repair products you can find at the hardware store. To repair floors, you will need to completely replace the damaged section.
3. Install a vent on your chimney
If rodents somehow get on your roof, they can enter your home through an open chimney. The rodent may be injured and spooked as a result of the fall, making them more difficult to manage than usual. You can place a vent on your chimney to prevent critters from falling into your home.
4. Secure all food and garbage
Rodents are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and meat. Rodents will eat mostly anything humans eat. Therefore, your pantry appeals to rodents. Secure all food in sealed containers, including any pet food. If food spills, clean it up right away. Do not leave snacks lying around. You should also keep the lid on your garbage at all times. Rodents won't stick around if they can't access your food.
5. Keep firewood and shrubbery a safe distance from your home
Rodents may find shelter in the firewood and shrubbery in your yard. Rodents who make a home in your firewood or shrubbery may continue moving toward your house if it's close enough. Don't make it easy for the rodents and keep firewood and shrubbery at least 20 feet away from your house.
6. Control moisture and humidity
Many pests enjoy moist areas, so you want to minimize moisture in your home. Fix leaking pipes immediately and install a dehumidifier in humid rooms.
Despite your efforts, rodents may still find their way into your home. When you notice rodents in your home, you need to take action. You can try mouse traps yourself, or you can enlist the services of a professional pest control technician to do the job right the first time.
Contact a professional for more information about rodent control.