Prevent Rodents

How to get rid of Prevent Rodents

Almost all homeowners know the feeling of unease that accompanies the search for mice or rodents in your home. Whether in the kitchen, the attic, the basement or the dining room - a sighting of rodents can cause surprise and fear, even in the most composed owner. Unfortunately, these common pests are ingenious creatures that can enter a building or house through the smallest opening or crack, and require very little space to travel indoors. Mice can easily pass through spaces as small as a nickel!

Rodents seek shelter indoors, especially during the cooler fall and winter months, and once inside can cause more than just an unpleasant infestation. Rodents put homes at risk of electric fires by biting the wires. More frequently, however, rodents act as vectors, carrying bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies and contaminating food sources, kitchen surfaces and equipment. The common deer mouse is also known to transmit the potentially deadly hantavirus.

Fortunately, there are many ways for homeowners to proactively prevent and get rid of rodent infestations:

  • Install door brushes on exterior doors and repair damaged screens. Filter vents and chimney openings.
  • Seal cracks and holes outside the house, including places where utilities and pipes enter the house, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Keep food in airtight containers and dispose of waste regularly. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the foundation of the basement and windows.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the ideal breeding site for pests. Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packaging brought home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the house and keep the shrubs pruned and cut from the house.
  • If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed professional to inspect and treat the pest problem. If you spot signs of a rodent infestation, take action to fix the problem. Rodents are known to reproduce quickly, and a small problem can turn into a big problem overnight if left untreated.
  • Rodent control and management is important for health and safety reasons. If you suspect a rodent infestation, visit our Find a Pro page to find a pest control professional in your area.

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