How To Control Rodents

Controlling rodents

No one wants to deal with rodents in or around the home. Rodents are nuisance pests and they carry germs and disease. The chances are high that if you have had one rodent in your garage or home, there are others lurking nearby just waiting to enter your home. Consider this:  A mouse can have up to six dozen babies a year. Considering that most rodents (like mice) can mate when they are around two months old, it is imperative that rodents have no way of getting into your home. In addition, they should not be given a chance to even build their nests on your property.

  1. Go around your home's exterior and interior checking for any small gaps or openings that would allow a rodent to enter. Even small gaps should be deemed a possible doorway into your home. Check your attic, crawl space, vents, radiator and even around your pipes, doorways and windows. Fill any holes you find with steel wool. Go back later and fill these cracks and gaps with silicon caulk.
  2. Does your garage, driveway, yard and outbuildings put out the welcome mat for rodents? If so, do what you can to clean those areas up. Rodents love to make their nests in areas where junk is piled. Remove piles of junk, stacks of newspapers, boxes and anything else that could provide a nice nest for rodents.
  3. If you have a compost bin or firewood pile, you should pay special attention to these areas. Make sure your compost bin is elevated off of the ground. Compost bins are ripe for the foraging of rodents. They should be turned often. Keep firewood stacks away from the home. You should never stack firewood up against the exterior of your home.
  4. Trim the hedges and bushes that are around your home's foundation so they do not provide a hiding place for rodents. Inspect your ground covers often for signs of rodents.
  5. Store all pet food in metal garbage cans.
  6. Make sure your garbage cans and indoor waste baskets have lids.
  7. Keep the food in your home that is not in the freezer or refrigerator in plastic or metal containers.
  8. Place snap traps or glue traps in areas where you suspect rodents have been. The best places to place these traps are along walls, deep in closets and cabinets and behind your appliances.
  9. If you choose to use poison to get rid of rodents, you should follow all of the directions carefully. Be mindful of using poison if you live in a home with children or pets.
  10. You can also help control rodents by using non-lethal traps, rodent repellents and sound devices.
  11. Dispose of any dead rodents you find in a sealed plastic bag.
  12. Lastly, you might want to invest in a good cat and dog. Their presence alone can go far in deterring rodents.

 

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