A house mouse may seem harmless enough (some people would even consider it cute), but unless it’s your caged pet mouse or rat, a rodent on the loose in your home in simply not safe. Rodents are known to gnaw at electrical wires, putting you at risk of an electrical house fire. They nest in the attic and ruin insulation. Food in the kitchen can become contaminated from their tampering. Most importantly, they carry and spread infectious disease.
There’s no doubt that keeping rodents out has to be a top priority! But you may feel hesitant to use traditional rodent-proofing methods, like laying traps or using rodenticides, and for good reason. A trap gone wrong can turn into a gruesome sight, and the poison in rodenticides can be seriously harmful if stubbled upon by children, pets or other wildlife. Luckily, there are safer options for poison-free rodent-proofing.
For a more humane approach, here are our Top 5 Poison-Free Ways to Rodent Proof Your Home.
#1 Seal All Entry Points
Rodents are determined creatures that will enter a home through the smallest exterior crack or crevice. You may surprised to learn that that rats can enter through a hole that is only ½ inch in diameter, and mice can squeeze through a hole ¼ inch wide! If they find a convenient entry point, they’ll make one; rodents can gnaw through almost any material- wood, drywall, sheet metal, cement.
The first thing you can do to rodent proof your home is do a thorough inspection of your exterior for rodent entry points. The most productive way to accomplish this task is to team up with your local experts at Green Rat Control. They will find any and all entry points and then seal them shut with metal flashing and polyurethane sealant. Metal flashing is a material the rodents cannot chew through, and the sealant prevents rat and mice from smelling for gaps they can chew through. This rodent-proofing method is highly effective and poison free!
#2 Eliminate Water Sources
Rodents absolutely must have access to water to survive and will usually nest nearby a known water source. That being said, they can survive on very little liquid. Conduct a sweep of the outside of your home checking all gutter and drainage systems. If not draining properly, you could end up with standing water or leaks in the roof; even the smallest amount can provide a water source for rodents. Make sure downspouts and drainage systems are successful diverting water away from your home.
#3 Seal and Store Food Securely
The smell of food is alluring and attractive to a hungry rodent. Rodents love all grain based food products and fresh meat. To prevent rodents from invading your kitchen simply seal and store all food in sturdy rubber tupperware containers (rodent can chew through plastic bags!). Don’t let dirty dishes, leftovers, or crumbs sit out after meals. Quickly doing the dishes and wiping down the counters is an effective step to rodent-proofing your kitchen.
#4 Keep a Clean Garage
- Do not leave pet food out or keep it in bulk. Rodents are attracted to the aroma, so store it in an airtight container!
- Keep garbage covered and empty it as often as possible.
- Do not keep a compost bin in the garage.
- Keep storage to a minimum; rodents like to nest in undisturbed cardboard storage boxes!
#5 Maintain Landscaping
Roof rats and other critters, like squirrels and raccoons, will try to enter your attic by way of long or low hanging tree branches. A simple way to prevent this is to maintain your landscaping so that all trees and bushes are a full 6 ft from the roof and exterior walls of your home.
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