10 Simple Ways To Prevent Mouse and Rat Infestation
With an early spring on the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about how to keep mice and rats out of your house. Rodents can be extremely dangerous to people. You and your family can get a variety of diseases from mice and rats, and they can also cause damage to your property from the inside out.
Be Proactive When It Comes To Rodent Control
The good news is that there are tried-and-true methods of keeping mice and rats at bay. Learn how to get rid of rats and keep them out of your house.
Getting Rid Of Mice And Rat Infestations
Remove any existing rodents.
Trapping and baiting are the two strategies for getting rid of mice and rats. Use snap-style traps for trapping, which are meant to kill rats swiftly. Use tamper-resistant bait stations while baiting to keep the baits in place and keep youngsters and pets out. Place both traps and bait along common pathways where you've noticed gnaw marks and droppings. Typical pathways include ledges, fence rails, and foundations.
Make sure your home is secure.
Using the approved rodent-proofing products, seal all holes along your exterior. Pay special attention to the doors, windows, and vents in your home.
Remove all outdoor access.
Overhanging trees that allow rodents to climb onto your roof should be pruned back. Additionally, well-pruned trees provide rodents with one less hiding area from predators.
Take care of that garden.
Debris, clutter, and waste should all be removed from your garden. Shrubs and bushes should be planted at least 3 feet away from structures. These areas offer rats a haven.
Remove all food sources from the outdoors.
Rodents are attracted to gardens and fruit trees. If you have fruit trees, pick up fallen fruit regularly. Keep the tree clipped to avoid rodent hiding places. Secure a piece of sheet metal 2 feet high around the trunk of your tree to create a rodent guard. Keep your garden clean of rotting food and hiding spots. To discourage, plant mint family members in and around your garden.
Construct a barrier
It doesn't have to be a huge wall or even a solid structure. Mice and rats are also deterred by erecting a 2-foot-wide barrier of cement or crushed rock.
Maintain a clean environment in and around your home.
If rodents don't have access to food, they have no motive to enter your home. Food should not be left out in the open in and around your home. Make sure trash cans and pet food are kept in rodent-proof containers.
Make a mint investment.
The aroma of mint repels both rats and mice. Plant mint in your yard and use peppermint oil to spray attic beams and other locations where rodents have been a problem. Even keeping a few dried mint leaves on the counter can help.
Make a new buddy at your local animal shelter.
Cats are an excellent deterrent for rats in your garden and around your house. To scare mice and rats away, the cat does not need to be an excellent mouser. Simply smelling them serves as a deterrent.
Apex Pest Control is the company to call.
That's a huge list of things to do to avoid a mouse or rat infestation. Don't have the time, materials, or confidence to get rid of rodents? This is where we can help. We're used to dealing with rat infestations and exterminating them from your house as pest control experts. Contact us right now to take care of your mouse infestation and avoid future rat infestation issues.
Now is the time to get regular pest control!
Rodent pest problems can develop at any time of year. Being proactive about your rodent pest problems can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Apex Pest Control can eliminate current pests, create an effective pest barrier around your house, and keep it up to date with frequent treatments. We provide pest management in Sheffield as well as the surrounding areas of South Yorkshire.
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