Mice and other rodents can be cute in pet shops but they’re not so adorable when they’ve decided to make your Omaha home their new nest. Here are five things you can do to help ensure your house stays rodent-free.
Basements and crawlspaces are always a good place to start if you think you may have a rodent problem or just want to keep one from getting started. Omaha Mice and rats often nest in insulation, so if you find it pulled down from the ceiling or walls in places, that’s a good indication of rodent activity. Keeping this area clean and sealed is a great first line of defense against all sorts of pests. Check both inside and outside the crawlspace or basement entrances carefully. Understand where main utilities such as power, water, and gas lines enter and exit your home and then work your way around the area, taking note of any holes, cracks, or openings that need to be filled. Openings larger than around 1/4″ of an inch will need to be covered with mesh, but smaller openings can be stuffed with steel wool. Just be sure to please any insulation as soon as it’s safe to do so, especially if you’re rodent-proofing in the winter. Leaving it down can raise your heating bills and may cause pipes to freeze
The attic is another area that’s seldom-used in most homes and thus makes an ideal foothold for many different pests. There’s easy access through gaps in the roof or through improperly sealed windows. A few traps will usually clear the area pretty quickly, but it’s also a good idea to check the attic thoroughly and plug up or otherwise patch any holes or breaks you might find. Entry through the attic can also lead to rats infesting the walls, so this is a step that really should be taken as soon as possible.
Repairing torn window screens and any breaks in the siding is a great place to start rodent-proofing your house. Arboreal mice will have no problem jumping onto your house and finding their way in whatever way they can. Cutting back any branches that rest near your roof will drastically cut down on roof-jumping. Filling any gaps where the house meets the ground will also rob them of an easy access point. It’s also a good idea to patch or cover any breaks along the roofline, as well as any holes where vents exit the roof.
The garage door is an easily overlooked part of the keeping your home rodent free. Not only is it a large space that must be opened every day, or nearly every day, but the flexible rubber weather seals around it can be chewed and ruined by a wide variety of rodents. Mice and other pests often chew their way through the corners of the door to gain access to the house. Placing a flexible metal strip on the weather seal where the seal meets the ground creates an non-chewable barrier that will help keep the garage and the house rodent-free.
If you want, there are both commercial and natural mixes that may act as a deterrent for mice looking for a warm, dry place to nest. Just be sure to research the brand or method you’re considering carefully to be sure it works well and you won’t have any adverse effects from applying it.
And of course, you don’t have to deal with a rodent infestation all alone. Just contact Miller Pest & Termite today and we’ll help you send those rodents packing!