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Rodent populations will continue to increase in conditions that allow easy access to food and shelter. Sanitation efforts in conjunction with rodent proofing provide the best solution to reduce or completely eliminate these conditions.
Below are some simple steps you can take to stop rodents from making your home theirs.
Sanitation efforts involve maintaining clean areas where food is stored and keeping containers tightly sealed. Inside your home, this is an excellent start to your rodent control efforts.
Rodents must have adequate food and shelter in order to live and thrive. Removal of these 2 factors is the best way to prevent and control rodent problems. It is important to include both the outside and inside of your home in your sanitation efforts.
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Clean areas under stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers.
Keep counter tops clear of food.
Do not leave glasses of water out overnight.
Store dry food, pet food and birdseed in sealed containers.
Clean pet bowls at night.
Keep storage areas free of clutter.
Rodent-proof hard-to-access areas that tend to be neglected.
Store supplies or materials off the floor.
Don't forget about maintaining the outdoors as well. Properly maintain your garden and store firewood away from your home for effective rodent control.
Properly maintain landscaping - trim any overgrown vegetation and shrubbery until ground underneath is visible.
Remove any debris - rock piles, old equipment etc.
Elevate lumber and firewood at least 18".
Store firewood away from the house.
Rodent-Proofing your home whenever possible is a critical step in controlling rodents. Ideally, you can control rodents by making it impossible for them to gain entry to your home. However, it may be difficult to exclude mice completely since they can pass through ¼ inch openings, approximately the size of a dime. Rats can squeeze through ½ inch openings or the size of a nickel. Any of these possible rodent access points must be inspected.
Rodent Access Points
Repair all holes and cracks in foundation, walls, basements and such.
Equip doors and windows with fine-mesh, well-maintained screens.
Chimneys should be capped.
Seals around all exterior lines leading through walls must be tight.
Cover vents with metal grill-work and rust-resistant screening.