Your home is a safe place for you and your family. You lock your doors and windows at night, you set the burglar alarm and then you tuck your family safely into bed. You do all that so you can to keep your family safe in the confines of your home. But what about the inside of your home? Is your family safe from the threat of invading rodent infestations? Most people don’t consider mice and rats to be a considerable threat to their home and family, but if a rodent infestation were to take over your property, you would realize very quickly how bad an infestation of rodents can be. These pests will look for ways into your home during the early fall months because they need a safe and warm place to spend the winter. They will steal your food, defecate in your cupboards and chew through your personal belongings. They can easily destroy your home’s wiring, as well as chew up drywall, floor boards and furniture. Rodents will build their nests inside insulation or cluttered areas and will take over abandoned appliances and anything else in your home that might make a safe and comfortable nest. In order to keep these rodents out of your home this fall, there are a few rat and mice prevention techniques you can employ to protect your home and your family.
- Eliminate food sources that rats and mice may gain access to. If they don’t have food available to them, they can’t survive inside your home. Protect the food in your cupboards by storing it in sealed metal or glass containers or inside anything that can withstand the gnawing teeth of rodents.
- Remove harborage areas for rats and other rodents. Store firewood around your home off the ground and well away from the structure. Keep the shrubs, weeds and plants trimmed back from the foundation and get rid of abandoned items in your yard, such as furniture, toys and appliances.
- Remove easy access to your home by sealing up any cracks or openings that are larger than one quarter inch, so that rodents can’t enter in these locations. Install screens behind vents into your home and chimney caps over your chimney to eliminate any other entry points.