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Keeping Your Home Rodent-Free

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In the winter months, rodents run rampant in homes, looking for shelter from harsh weather. Whether you’re looking to prevent rodent problems in your home or you’re in need of a remedy for a current infestation, we’ve got you covered.

Preventing Rodents in Your Home

It’s a common misconception that rodents are only found in dirty places. In reality, they’re attracted to dark and quiet places, especially where there is easy access to food. Don’t wait until you’ve seen a fat, furry rat or heard a mouse scratching in the attic to start thinking about rodent prevention! With a few simple precautions, you can avoid the possibility of property damage and disease that can come with these furry pests.

  • Seal up holes/cracks—From the tiniest crack in your home’s foundation to a loose roof tile, make sure all exterior holes and cracks are completely sealed. An adult mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime, so don’t leave a single open space unsealed, no matter how small!
  • Properly store food—Rodents are attracted to any loose crumbs or easily accessible food, but keeping your food stored in metal or glass containers with tight lids can detract rodents from using your kitchen as a buffet. Don’t forget to also store your pets’ food in airtight containers—rodents aren’t picky!
  • Reduce clutter—Rodents look for places to hide, so keep your home and yard free of excess clutter. This not only helps reduce the possibility of a rodent infestation, it can also prevent other pest problems as well.
  • Keep trash sealed—If rodents can’t get to the food in your home, that won’t stop them from trying to eat your leftovers! Keep a tight lid on your outdoor trash. The less rodents on your property, the less in your home!
  • Clean up your yard—Things like loose vegetation and debris around your home can attract the insects that rodents love eating. Reducing clutter both inside and out can help prevent both insects and rodents in your home!

Signs of a Rodent Problem

Despite your best efforts, rats and mice can still sneak their way into your home through the tiniest gaps that may be unknown to you. Besides taking the precautions necessary to prevent rodents, make sure you’re keeping an eye out for any signs of rodent activity or potential infestations. All it takes is one to contaminate your home. The quicker you can identify a problem, the quicker you can act to remedy it before damage is caused. Look out for the following signs:

  • Scratching or running noises
  • Chew marks (especially wires and cables)
  • Droppings (small, shaped like a grain of rice)
  • Tears in food packages

Dealing With Rodent Infestations

If you’ve identified any of the signs listed above, it’s time to take action! While you can certainly deal with repellants, baits, and traps, the safest and most effective way to get rid of rodents and keep them out for the long-term is to seek professional help. At Paul’s Pest, our expert exterminators can help not only rid your home of rodents, but prevent them from coming back.

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