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, burrow 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 keep mice from entering your home include:
- Maintain your landscaping and keep your yard clean. Keep bushes and tree branches trimmed away from the walls and roof of your home. In addition, you can 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).nEnsure that all garbage cans are closed and sealed and routinely emptied so rodents won’t try to get into them.
- Seal entry ways. Monitor the state of your home’s foundation and seal any cracks you find with steel wool or 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, garages, and crawl spaces are among the most common places to find rodent invaders, and sometimes, rodents can even find gaps between baseboards and the floor. If you mouse-proof your house and avoid them getting inside in the first place, this is the best way to prevent mice.