Just like any other pest, rodents are attracted to food sources and to places where they can safely make a home for themselves. Removing or reducing these factors can help a lot in preventing a rodent infestation. But there’s more to rodent pest prevention than that. Rodents are often clever and tenacious creatures that will find a way to get what they want. That’s why it’s a good idea to practice these specific preventative measures.

Outdoor Rodent Prevention

Before mice and rats infest the inside of your home, they will likely infest the outside. Many rodents, especially Norway rats and deer mice, make burrows for themselves outdoors and find food where they can. If they are allowed to make their nests close to your home, the chances are much greater that they will eventually end up inside your home. Some things you can do to prevent this include:

  • Keeping bushes and tree branches trimmed away from the walls and roof of your home
  • Keep firewood raised off the ground at least 20 feet away from the walls of your home (rodents love to get into wood piles if they can)
  • Ensure that all garbage cans are closed and sealed and routinely emptied so rodents won’t try to get into them
    Monitor the state of your home’s foundation and seal any cracks you find with steel mesh and silicone caulk so rodents can’t dig or gnaw their way inside. Some mice can fit through holes the size of a pencil or even a dime. The last thing you want is a tiny crack or crevice in your foundation providing an entry point for rodents or other pests. Basements and crawl spaces are among the most common places to find rodent invaders.

Indoor Rodent Prevention

If mice and rats find their way inside your home, they will begin methodically searching for food and places to build a nest. Here are some of the best ways to prevent them from making themselves at home.

  • Storing all food items in sealed plastic or glass containers: Keep your food refrigerated or on high pantry shelves so rodents can’t get into them. This includes pet food, as rodents will even eat that if given a chance. Rodents are also known to chew through cardboard and certain types of plastic to get at the food they want, so keep this in mind when choosing how to store food.
  • Keep your home clear of clutter: Rodents will eat any food crumbs and waste they can find, so doing routine clean ups of your countertops, tables, floors, and other surfaces in your home is a great first step to keeping rodents (and many other pests) away. Since they will also use discarded paper, cardboard, cloth, and other materials for their nests, it’s also a good idea to keep recycling, trash, and storage or craft supplies well tucked-away so mice and rats don’t steal them.
  • Keep food out of vehicles: During the winter months, rodents are known to also find shelter inside vehicles and engines, so make sure to keep the interior of your vehicle clean, and check your engine during cold weather to ensure they haven’t gotten inside.
  • Keep plumbing and home structure in good repair: Rodents will take advantage of any home repair needs in order to find food and water or build nests. They’re also notorious for gnawing electrical wires, chewing through pipes, and tearing up insulation (roof rats in particular will do this since they tend to choose high-up places to build nests). So if you notice any potential problems, try to take care of repairs in a timely manner. Otherwise, rodent activity may make the issues worse.
  • Don’t leave buildings or other structures vacant for long periods of time: The longer a property stays vacant, the more likely it is to attract rodents, as they won’t be disturbed and they can reproduce and hunt for food in safety. If you own or manage property, try to check in on it regularly to make sure it doesn’t become a haven for mice and rats.

Professional Rodent Control and Prevention

Many homeowners are often too busy to pay attention to minute details of keeping their homes protected against mice, rats, and other pests, so that’s where we come in. At Dodson Pest Control, we offer rodent control services that include treatment and prevention so you can take care of any current infestation and keep future infestations from happening. Our pest control professionals will analyze your needs and create a customized rodent removal or rodent-proofing solution for you. Contact us today for a free inspection!

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