Rodent Control Tips
Spring is right around the corner and with above normal temperatures this winter, many residents have been in contact with us about rodent issues. While there is only so much the City can do about the issue, one thing we can do is provide information to residents that will decrease the likelihood of a rodent problem around their home. Rodents can chew up things at your home, spoil food, spread a number of diseases and inflame or create allergies. So, before they find access to your home and start making trouble, it is vital to rodent proof your home. When it comes to rodent proofing your home, you will need to locate all the points that can allow entry to rats or mice and seal all those places. It is also crucial that you maintain proper hygiene and sanitary conditions so as to discourage rodent infestation. If you follow these action steps, you can certainly keep rodents at bay.
- Inspect your foundation - To rodent proof your home, you should start with inspecting the foundation of your building with an aim to discover any holes or gaps. The holes that are large enough to allow for entry to the rodents should be blocked. The best material to block the gaps is a wire mesh or black foam.
- Check all entry points - The next step towards rodent proofing should be to inspect all the entry points of your home, such as the doors and windows. It must be made sure that all the windows and doors close properly, without leaving any gap in between that can act as an entry point for rodents. In order to bridge any gap, metal kick plates can be used.
- Examine your roof - The roof of the house should be well examined for rodents as well. Check the ventilators, shingles and chimneys for any breakages, gaps or leaks. If found, the gaps should be filled in, and the chimney has to be kept capped to ensure that no rodents can enter the home through it.
- Pay close attention to your garden - The garden area also should be properly inspected, to see that there are no piles of rubbish or lots of overgrowth that can be perfect living locations for rats. If there are any tree branches that are close to your house, these can be used as passage by rodents to enter into your home. Therefore, the garden must be well maintained.
- Watch for pipe or wire lines - Any pipe or wire lines that enter the house from the outside can be possible passage for rodents. Metal rodent guards can be used to avoid access.
- Cleanliness is a must - Rodent proofing requires that adequate cleanliness is maintained, especially in the areas where food is cooked and kept,as any leftovers or open food can invite rodents. The concealed areas in the kitchen should be kept clean, and unfinished food of pets should be disposed off immediately.
- Avoid clutter - As far as possible, clutter and piling up of things should be avoided, as these places can become a home for the rodents.
- Pet food - Rodents are extremely attracted to pet food. Residents who leave dog food outside or in an open container will attract rodents quite easily. Rodents also love chicken feed, for those who regularly feed their chickens.
- Keep your garbage sealed - Garbage must be kept in sealed bags or containers, and any kind of debris should be removed. It is essential to take care of hygiene and sanitation in order to rodent proof your home.
By implementing these techniques, you can assist in keeping your house from being bombarded with an onslaught of rodents and provide both yourself and your family the comfort of knowing you are living in a safe and sanitary home.