Six Poison-Free Ways to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home

Rats and mice are sneaky little creatures. They walk lightly to avoid attracting attention from predators and people, and they take up residence in hidden spaces around yards and inside homes where they nest and feed. If you have a known rodent problem, call your local pest control company for rodent removal.

The most effective way to control the rodent population on your property, however, is through smart prevention. All you need to do is maintain your yards, garage and other spaces and make sure your house is sealed properly.

Rodent repellent in Rochester, NH doesn’t have to be harmful to the animals. In fact, there are a number of simple measures you can take to pest-proof your property today. Here are six poison-free ways to keep rats, mice and other rodents out of your house:

  • Seal up entry points: Prevention is the key to a rodent-free home. Inspect the foundation, walls and weather-stripping around windows and doors for damage that can be entry points for rodents. Mice can enter through the smallest cracks, rats can squeeze through coin-size holes and loose or missing weather seals are weak areas for rodents to chew apart. Block cracks in concrete with a masonry repair material and replace worn weather seals on windows and doors.
  • Clean countertops and floors: Liquid spills, crumbs and food scraps on floors and countertops are a free buffet for rodents. To avoid late night visitors, make sure to wipe down kitchen surfaces at the end of every day. Never leave uneaten food in dishes after pet meals, or leave dirty dishes on the counter for very long.
  • Keep garbage can lids tight: Outdoor garbage bins sitting alongside your house will inevitably attract rats, mice, raccoons and feral cats. Unless the bin lids are kept tightly sealed, these critters can get inside the cans, rummage through the trash and make a mess all over the ground below. If possible, store garbage bins far away from your house.
  • Store pantry items in sealed containers: The pantry is a great storage center for canned goods and other non-perishable foods (sugar, flour, rice, cereals). The fact that many of these food items are in paper or plastic containers makes them easy targets for rodents, which is why these foods should be transferred to tightly sealed metal, plastic or glass containers after purchase.
  • Store pet food in sealed containers: Like pantry items, dry pet food is also an invitation for mice and rats. Transfer dry pet food to airtight storage containers immediately after purchase and keep them up off the floor. Be sure to seal lids tight after every meal.
  • Don’t feed backyard creatures: Bird feeders and food left out for squirrels are enticing to rodents. If you must feed backyard wildlife, place feeders in the back portion of the yard, far away from your house.

If you have an infestation of rats or mice, call Dependable Pest Solutions immediately. We are equipped to perform safe and effective rodent extermination in Rochester, NH for all types of homes and businesses.

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