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.