Six Foolproof Rodent Prevention Tips For Grays Harbor County Homeowners
January 14, 2021
Have you ever had someone show up at your house, uninvited? It is a sometimes awkward and unpleasant experience, especially if you don’t currently have the time or energy to entertain them. What is your first response when this happens? For us, it all depends on if the unexpected guest is human or rodent. Although we cannot help you with your human-related social situations, we certainly have a solution to your rodent-related problems.
To help you keep these unwanted and uninvited furry pests out of your Grays Harbor County home, here are six foolproof prevention tips to try.
Do Your Research About Rodents
When it comes to preventing rodents, knowing your enemy is key. Without at least a basic understanding of these invasive pests, you will not have a good place to start with prevention. Keeping this in mind, here are two things everyone in our area should know about rodents.
Rodents are born with sharp, strong incisor teeth that never stop growing throughout their life. In order to keep these teeth filed down to a reasonable length, these furry creatures will chew on anything and everything in their path, including drywall, vinyl siding, roof shingles, aluminum paneling, cardboard, electrical wires, you name it.
Rodents are smart, especially mice and rats. Studies show rodents are great at both adaptive learning and problem-solving. Indoors, rodents use these skills to avoid danger, find food, and nest in areas you are unlikely to find them.
Understand Your Risk
Annoyance is not the only problem rodents pose around homes and properties. These pests are also incredibly dangerous. Spending a good amount of time around dirty areas or eating bacteria-ridden foods, rodents have a bad habit of picking up disease-causing organisms. They spread these sickness vectors indoors over countertops, onto left out food, and to other places where you commonly interact.
Declutter & Clean Your Home
The cleaner and less cluttered your house, the less likely rodents will be to stick around if they get indoors. The two things rodents need to be happy inside a home are places to hide and a reliable source of food and water. Keeping your home clean limits them from finding these two basic necessities.
Make Sure Your Home’s Exterior Is Sealed
Rodents can’t cause trouble indoors if there is no way for them to invade in the first place. To make sure your home is properly sealed and protected against these problematic pests, try these simple exclusion tips:
- Use a caulking gun and small clumps of fine metal mesh to fill in gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Install door sweeps under all exterior exits to your home.
- Make sure your window and door screens are hole and tear-free.
- Install a cap on your chimney.
- Repair damage to your home’s siding, roofline, and roof.
- Place wire screens over out spouts and utility pipes around your home.
Know When To Call A Professional
Preventing rodents is a difficult and time-consuming task. To make your job a lot easier, let the experts at Beacon Pest Control lend a helping hand. Our team has the experience and industrial-grade tools and treatments needed to not only eliminate rodents but keep them out of your home year-round. We also offer a wide range of other services to deal with other area pests such as cockroaches, centipedes, spiders, bed bugs, etc.
Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive pest control plans and find a solution that best fits you and your Grays Harbor County pest control needs.