Mice and rats as well as other rodents cause thousands of dollars of damage to homes every year. Yet, they are hard to find and even more difficult to remove for the average homeowner. The best method of treatment is prevention and you can take some steps to keep these critters out of your home.
Keep Screens Around Openings
Use screens on your windows and along vents. You can even place a screen at the chimney opening to help keep your home rodent-free. Make sure the screens aren’t damaged and repair or replace if they have holes. A mouse can get through a small opening not much bigger than a quarter.
Seal Holes and Cracks
Look around the exterior of your house and seal any cracks. You may need to install door sweeps along your exterior doors because mice can get underneath any space. Replace any missing or damaged bricks and check around the foundation.
Store Items Away from the House
Keep firewood, garden hoses and other items away from the house. They make good hiding places for pests. Shrubbery needs to be trimmed if it’s close to the home.
Keep Your Home Dry
Keep all basements and crawl spaces dry and fix any leaks. Pests need water and will be drawn to any area where they can find moisture. Look for clogged drains that are backing up or other water sites.
Don’t let clutter build up, especially in areas like the garage, basement or attic. In these seldom-used spaces, mice and rats will find cover and plenty of items to build nests and make the place their home. Check all boxes and bags you bring in the house for pests.
While you may not see mice or other rodents, you can tell if you have an infestation by the evidence they leave behind. If you happen to see or hear the little creatures running around, it usually means you have a major problem on your hands. Once you have rodents in your home, it can be difficult to get rid of them. All Natural Pest Elimination can take care of the problem. Contact us today for a free inspection.