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3 Tips To Prevent a Rodent Infestation

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If you have a rodent problem, it can be a nightmare to get rid of them. Not only are they pesky creatures that can contaminate your food and carry diseases, but they can also cause extensive damage to your property. In this blog, we will discuss three tips to help prevent a rodent infestation from happening in the first place. Tips to keep these invasive critters at bay include:

  • Practice cleanliness routines
  • Seal up entry points
  • Remove standing water around your property

Practice Cleanliness Routines

One of the most important things you can do to prevent a rodent infestation is to practice good cleanliness routines. Make sure all your food is sealed and stored in airtight containers, and don't leave any crumbs or scraps lying around. Sweep and mop your floors regularly, and vacuum any cracks or crevices in your furniture.

In addition, make sure you keep your trash cans tightly sealed and disposed of properly. Rodents are attracted to garbage, so if you have an overflow of refuse they will be more likely to take up residence in your home or business. If you have pets, make sure their food bowls are always cleaned up after meals and that they aren't left unsupervised outside overnight where rodents can scavenge for easy access to food.

Practicing good cleanliness is one of the best ways to keep rodents out of your home. Any crumb left on the floor can attract a rodent as their sense of smell is one of the strongest of any pest.

Seal Up Entry Points

Mice and rats have the ability to enter through the smallest cracks and crevices throughout your house. Make sure to seal up any openings around your home, including:

  • The spaces between the foundation and the walls
  • Crawlspace vents
  • Garage doors
  • Vents on the roof
  • Window frames and door frames

Use a good quality silicone caulk or expanding foam insulation to fill in these gaps and make sure they are completely sealed. If there is an opening that is too large for you to reach, hire a professional pest control company to help you properly seal up your home. The start of an infestation will begin from outside of your home, and when the weather is cold, rodents will do anything they can to get inside your home. Properly sealing off these entry points will go a long way in keeping your home rodent-free.

Remove Standing Water Around Your Property

Another way to prevent rodents from taking up residence in your home is to remove any standing water around your property. Rats and mice will use standing water to nest, and any water in which rodents have been in contact contain bacteria and diseases that can be harmful to you and your family. This can be difficult if you have a large property, but even small puddles of water can attract rodents. To get rid of any standing water around your property, you can:

  • Re-grade your lawn
  • Add hard compact soils
  • De-thatch your yard

Preventing a rodent infestation does not have to be difficult. By following these simple tips, you can keep your home and family safe from these pesky critters. For more information or help with preventing a rodent infestation, you can contact Superior Pest Elimination today for professional rodent control. We service Staten Island, Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, Brooklyn, and its surrounding areas.

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