As the weather gets cooler, rodents start looking for warm and inviting places to live. If this place also provides a source of food, that’s even better for them. Unfortunately for you, this warm and inviting place is often your home. If you are worried about rats and mice and other rodents moving into your home this fall, check out the following tips to learn how you get rid of them and can keep them out!
1. Remove the Indoor Food Sources
One of the first things that you want to do to get rid of mice and rats is to remove the indoor food sources. During the cooler months when their natural food is scarce, rodents will often venture inside looking for their next meal. To make your home less inviting, you need to remove the temptation. For example, you will want to store pet food in sealed containers, and you don’t want to leave pet food sitting in your pet’s dishes overnight. This includes cat food, dog food, birdseed, etc.
You don’t want to leave your food out on your counters overnight either. You might also consider putting cardboard packages of food into sealed containers, especially if you have had a rodent problem in the past. Rodents can easily chew through cardboard to get at the food inside. They can also chew through plastic over time, so you might want to use glass or metal storage containers.
2. Remove the Outside Food Sources
You also want to clean up the food around your home. For example, you will want to secure your trashcans, and you do not want to leave bags of trash simply sitting outside your home or in your garage. Other sources of food include fruits and vegetables in your garden, fallen birdseed from a bird feeder, and outdoor pet food. So, you will want to harvest your garden regularly and possibly invest in some fencing. If you fence in your garden, you can discourage the rodents from eating your plants. If you make the food harder to reach, you make your yard less appealing. You will also want to clean up around your bird feeder on a regular basis, and you will want to clean out your pet’s food bowls every evening.
3. Clean Up Around Your Home
Rodents are attracted to wood piles, piles of building material, piles of leaves, overgrown plants, etc. In order to get rid of mice and rats and keep them out of your home, you want to keep them out of your yard as well. This means you need to remove the rodents’ habitats. If possible, you want to keep woodpiles and building materials at least a foot off of the ground, and you want to keep them away from your house. You also want to thin out the plants around your home and trim bushes and trees so that they are at least several feet from your home.
4. Patch the Holes
Before winter really sets in you want to patch any holes around your home using rodent proof materials. Hardware cloth, for example, is a good choice. You want to check under your deck and around your dryer and stove vents for any gaps where rodents could enter. You want to seal even the smallest holes. It’s also a good idea to check the weather stripping around your windows and doors for damage. Metal weather stripping is the best because rodents cannot chew through it.
5. Repel the Rodents
Another way to keep rodents out of your home and your yard is to repel them. Shake-Away Mouse Repellent is a chemical free repellent that is safe for you and your family, and it contains a mixture of natural oils that rodents find repulsive. You simply spread the granules around the area that you wish to protect. It’s that easy!
Protecting your home from rodent infestation will take a little time and money, but it’s much easier and cheaper than dealing with a full blown infestation.