Now that cold weather is here, many homeowners are finding uninvited “guests” setting up house in their homes. If you’ve ever battled rodents, you know how these creatures can wreak chaos in your house, and cause you sleepless nights. It’s scary enough to hear mice, rats or squirrels scampering in an attic, but it can be even more nightmarish when they make their way into the living quarters of a house. Is your Omaha home a target for rodents? It doesn’t have to be. Here are some guidelines for making your home rodent free.
The first step is conducting a thorough inspection of both the interior and exterior of your house.
- Check for droppings—To detect for urine, use a UV flashlight which causes urine to glow.
- Inspect for gnawing in all areas of your house.
- Go around the foundation of your house, checking for holes, gaps or cracks that are ¼” wide or larger and then make needed repairs.
- Check for weather stripping on windows, doors and door frames, replacing any stripping that isn’t sealed tightly.
- Replace any damaged door screens, window panes or windows.
- Any wire lines or pipes entering your home from the outside can serve as a passageway for rodents. To stop this from occurring, use metal rodent guards.
- Check for other entry points where utilities enter your house which can serve as an entrance for rodents, and if you find any, seal them, using copper mesh, mortar, hardware cloth or other materials.
- Cut back any hedges or branches that can be used as a bridge for rodents to travel into your house.
- If you have ivy growing on your walls, remove it as ivy can be used as a ladder for climbing rodents getting into attics, windows and other inside areas.
- Be sure your chimney is capped so that rodents cannot enter.
- Examine your roof, checking for any loose or damaged shingles and then make needed repairs or replacements.
A sanitary home is critical for preventing rodent infestations.
- Thoroughly clean your kitchen, paying close attention to stoves, countertops and other areas where you prepare and keep food, making sure there are no leftover or food in sight for hungry rodents. Keep crackers, chips, cereals and other foods encased in tight containers and store all fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator.
- Keep pet food tightly sealed in a container.
- Ensure your home is free of clutter, and be sure there are no piles of items because these can serve rodent hideaways.
- Keep your trash cans sealed.
Other Considerations and Warnings
- Pipes running vertically up homes can be used by rats and squirrels as a pathway into a house. To prevent this from happening, place rodent guards around a pipe.
- Keep your grass cut short and trim the bottom of your bushes or hedges as this can help in removing havens for rodents.
- Feed your pets in the morning so that you can immediately remove any food that’s uneaten.
- Look for and repair any leaking drains or pipes.
- If you have bird feeders, remove them because rodents eat bird seed.
- Keep outdoor cooking areas and grills clean.
- Make sure any firewood is off the ground and away from your house.
Getting Rid of Mice and Other Rodents
Generally, there are two main ways to control rodents. You can either kill them or force them to leave. You could use traps, such as cages to catch mice, rats, and squirrels. Glue traps also can be effective for catching mice and smaller rodents. Some people use poisons to kill rodents, while others use no-kill devices, such as odour and/or noise repellents.
Once mice and other rodents have invaded a home and started multiplying, it can be extremely hard or impossible to get rid of them without professional help. In fact, rodent control can be overwhelming for most homeowners. That’s why it’s a good idea to hand over this job to the pros.
Don’t hesitate to call the pest control specialists at Miller Pest and Termite. As part of your regular pest service, we provide free rodent bait stations. We’ve been providing quality residential and commercial pest and termite control services to residents in the greater Omaha area. Please contact us and learn more about our latest technically advanced treatments.