There are many things that can drive rodents into your home: A new construction site displacing them from a field next door, the approach of cold weather, flooding or heavy rains, and many more. There are also many things that can lure rodents onto your property. Some of these are not within your control, like your neighbor's open trash cans. But we've compiled 3 things you can do to stop rodents from migrating to your house when they are displaced from their natural habitat.
1. Deter rodents from being in your yard. If they're in your yard, what are they going to be doing? That's right. They'll be in the perfect place to look for a way into your house. That is why it is important to make sure your yard is boring to mice. Put your trash bags in a sealed container so mice can't smell it or get into it. Boring. Make sure you have no clutter in your yard for mice to climb through or make a nest in. Boring. Make sure they don't find bird seed on the ground or other delectable food sources in your yard. When they try to get into your vegetable garden or under your deck, let them find chicken wire or some other fencing material. They'll quickly realize that your yard is the most boring yard they've visited all day.
2. Make it hard for them to get in. If mice do happen to find themselves next to your exterior walls, you want them to realize that getting in isn't going to be an easy task. Put wire in your downspouts, so rodents can't use them to climb up to your vulnerable roofline. Let them find your walls dry and free of rotted areas. One way to do this is by making sure your gutters are in proper working order. When water runs down your exterior walls, it softens the wood and makes it susceptible to the things that will eat away at it. If you currently have rotted areas, use a caulking gun to fill those holes until you can get them properly fixed.
3. Make sure they find your home uninviting. When rodents get in--and sometimes this is unavoidable--you want them to find your house free of the two things they want more than anything else: food and water. If you don't have the things they need to survive, they will be motivated to find a better place to be. Consider storing your pantry and cabinet foods that come in paper or cardboard inside sealed plastic containers. This traps smells in and keeps mice out. Pet food dishes should be stored in the fridge between meals and never left on the floor overnight. Dishes should be put in soapy water and never left in a stack next to the sink.
Don't be afraid to get help. If mice have gotten into your home, get a professional involved. Most times, you cannot solve a mouse problem with a few traps. Entry points need to be sealed and all mice living in your home must be removed. This is a difficult job and best done by an experienced pest professional. For a free inspection, contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today.