Rodents love to invade your homes and other structures on your property, especially as the temperatures outside fall and the conditions inside become more appealing than the conditions outside. If you want to prevent a rodent infestation in your home, there are a few steps you can take this fall to protect your home.
1. Look for Easy Access Points
It is important to remember that most rodents don't need you to leave your front door open for them to find a way into your home. They only need a little crack or crevice to get inside of your home. That is why you will want to keep a very careful eye out when looking for entrances to your home all around the outside. If you find any cracks, no matter how small, you will want to fill them up.
For smaller cracks, you can use silicone caulk to fill them in. If the crack is larger, you will want to push steel wool into the crack first, as this is one of the few substances that most rodents can't chew through, and then apply the caulking. You are going to want to repeat this process inside of your home as well. This is a task that a professional can assist you with.
2. Close Up Vents
If you have any open vents, you will want to ensure that they are not easy to access. You will want to close up any vents with screens so that air can still pass through, but rodents will have a harder time getting into your home through your vents. Use the strongest screens you can find, as rodents have strong teeth.
3. Get Rid of Water Sources
Rodents need food and water, so you will want to make sure you are not providing them with food. Look inside and outside your home and ensure that you are not providing the local rodent population with access to water. Get rid of birdbaths, wading pools, and fix any leaky faucets.
4. Set Traps
If you think you may have rodents inside your home or outside your home, you will want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. You can do this by setting traps around your home, both inside and out. You want to get rid of the rodents when their population is as small as possible as they are able to breed quickly and can easily overrun your space.
You don't have to take these steps on your own. You can call in a rodent control service to help you be proactive about keeping rodents out of your home. They will be able to use the methods above, as well as other methods, to ensure your home stays rodent-free this fall and winter.
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