As the weather begins to change, we may find ourselves spending more time indoors, however with this seasonal change, animals will also be changing their nesting & habits. If unprepared, this can greatly increase the odds of a rodent calling your house, home for the season!
Since we are just beginning the fall season it is important to be proactive in reducing the odds that any unwanted guests call your home theirs this season, and the next! Please read on for important prevention methods to keep your home rodent-free!
Rodent Prevention Tips & Tricks
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
- Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
Rodent Prevention Myths
We have compiled a few rodent prevention “myths” to not only help you save time, but also to avoid any unnecessary or excessive tactics that may be best left to the professionals.
Sanitation: Keeping products in containers is beneficial in terms of keeping your home sanitary, however, rodents can easily chew through plastic
Traps: While traps are effective it is incredibly easy to misplace, overutilize, or underutilize, traps as rodents are crafty creatures. It is best to leave traps in vulnerable areas, but for effective results, an expert should handle this task.
Cats: While we hope that every cat is a natural-born hunter, some cats are just as likely to be scared of the mouse. Cats are better off as a companion and not your first line of pest prevention!
Contact the New Orleans Pest Prevention Specialists for Rodent Prevention Services
For more information on our pest prevention products, or if you would like to learn more about rodents and how to prevent them, please click here! If you are concerned about a current mosquito problem, call us at 504-366-1333 to schedule a service call or contact us online!