Rodents can wreak havoc if they manage to get inside your home. They chew up things, spoil your food and, most importantly, spread disease and allergies. Therefore, it is critical for you to seal your house from rodents. Here are five essential tips to help you ensure that your home remains rodent free.
1. Seal All Gaps
Rodents will find a way into your home through gaps in the building. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is conduct a very thorough inspection of your entire building. The idea is to look for any holes or gaps which would allow rodents access to your home. This means looking for the smallest gaps. Rats can get through holes that are small as a quarter while mice can squeeze through gaps that are as tiny as a dime.
If there are any holes or gaps in the foundation of your home, you should use rodent proof material to cover these gaps such as a ¼-inch 18-22-gauge wire hardware cloth. You can even use black foam to block these holes. Install metal weather stripping under your doors so that there are no gaps left. Ensure that all your windows close tightly.
Ensure that you check the ventilators, shingles or chimneys for gaps or leaks. If they are found, they must be filled in. Additionally, put caps on your chimneys.
2. Keep Things Clean and Uncluttered
Cleanliness in and around your house is a must. Especially in areas where food is stored or prepared. Food left outside, unemptied trash cans inside the house or an area that is dirty with crumbs or morsels of food are a sure way to attract rodents. Keeping your home clear will ensure that you remove the things that attract rodents.
Another thing that rodents love is clutter. They love those neglected corners of the attics, basements, storage rooms and even closets. Anything made of cloth – such as old furniture, cushions, mattresses, etc. – are perfect places for rodents to build their nests. Cardboard boxes, old magazines and newspapers are also other places that rodents love to nest.
3. Remove Food Sources
Use a trashcan that has a tight lid, since the smell of food attracts rodents. Ensure that all your food in stored in airtight plastic, glass or metal containers. Ensure that all food spills are cleared up immediately.
4. Pay Attention to your Garden
Ensure that there are no piles of rubbish or a lot of overgrowth – these are perfect homes for rodents.
Additionally, if you have trees in your garden, do ensure that their branches do not reach the roof of your home. This is because rodents can use branches that reach your roof to get into your home.
5. Introduce Deterrents
If you’re not allergic, then get a cat. Cats are the natural predators of rodents.
Another thing you can do is use rodent repellants such as mint, bay leaves and moth balls. Mint and bay leaves are natural repellants; however, moth balls are poisonous for pets as well as humans, especially children.
So, if you use moth balls, ensure that they are placed in areas that are out of reach of your little babies.
Set rodent traps around your home, however, try and use live traps so that you can release the rodents (and other animals who may get trapped in case you put the traps outside your home) back to where they came from.
Taking a little bit of extra care will ensure that you have a rodent free home.