Rodent-Proofing Your Home: Essential Tips for Homeowners

As your local pest control business, Upstate Pest & Wildlife Control knows how frustrating and overwhelming it can be to deal with rodent infestations. Mice and other rodents not only cause damage to your home, but they can also contaminate your food and spread diseases. But don’t worry. There are steps you can take to protect your home and prevent infestations. And with our help, you can get these problems under control. One of the most important things you can do to prevent rodent infestations is to eliminate their potential food sources. This means storing food in tightly sealed containers, cleaning up spills and crumbs immediately, and keeping your kitchen and food storage areas clean and free of clutter. And don’t forget to keep your garbage cans sealed and dispose of waste regularly.

Mouse where clients were storing dog food

Another important step in preventing infestations is to seal any potential entry points. This includes inspecting the exterior of your home for gaps in the foundation, roof, and siding, as well as around windows and doors. Seal any gaps you find with caulk or steel wool, and make sure to repair or replace any damaged siding or weatherstripping. Remember that rodents are great climbers, so take a look at the higher parts of your house, such as the chimney and vents, and make sure they are sealed as well.

a classic mouse entry point

You can also take steps to maintain your landscape to prevent rodents from entering your home. This includes trimming back trees and bushes so they are not touching your house, eliminating any standing water sources, and keeping outdoor trash cans sealed tightly. In addition, make sure your landscaping is well-maintained, avoid overgrown bushes, and keep your lawn neatly trimmed. Remember, rodents seek shelter and food, so if you give them a lush environment, they will be attracted to your home.

Regular house maintenance is also key to preventing infestations. This includes checking for and sealing any cracks or holes in the walls, floors, and ceilings. It also includes cleaning and sanitizing your home regularly to remove any food or water sources that may attract rodents. One of the most serious problems caused by rodents is the damage they can do to insulation and electrical wires. Rodents have a natural tendency to gnaw on things, and they can quickly cause significant damage to insulation and electrical wiring. This can lead to decreased energy efficiency and even electrical fires. So, make sure you check for any signs of gnawing or damage to insulation and electrical wires and take steps to repair or replace any damaged materials.

As your local pest control business, Upstate Pest & Wildlife Control is committed to providing you with the best service possible. We understand that dealing with a rodent infestation can be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why we take the time to listen to your concerns and tailor our services to meet your specific needs.

With our help, you can protect your home and keep it rodent-free. If you suspect you have a rodent infestation or have any questions about prevention and control, don’t hesitate to contact us.