Homeowners Ultimate Rodent Prevention Guide
January 23, 2020
By Hawx Pest Control
Almost nothing can affect the safety and comfort of your home as quickly as a rodent infestation. High levels of humidity and warm weather throughout the year invite rodents to come and stay. Don’t let rodents take over your house and your sanity. Find out how to prevent rodents and what to do if they get inside.
the problem with rodents
What’s so dangerous about rodents? We’ll go in order from bad to worse:
- They can make noise at night and keep you up.
- They often make your home smell bad.
- They can eat food from your pantry.
- They can contaminate your food and your cooking surfaces.
- If they feel threatened, they may bite.
- They will leave their droppings and urine everywhere they go.
- They chew constantly and could cause damage to electronics or even cause a house fire if they chew on wires.
- They are associated with many diseases that can affect humans, including salmonellosis and the plague.
Now that you know how dangerous rodents can be, it’s time to take a look at how to stop them from coming in. The best way to protect yourself, your family, and your home from rodents are to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. Start by promptly cleaning food messes and learning to store food properly. This means in airtight containers made of glass or a thick plastic that rodents can’t chew through. Don’t leave pet food sitting out overnight and make sure your garbage is properly stored and inaccessible to rodents. Rodents are also attracted by water and shelter. Don’t leave standing water and make sure the moisture level in your house isn’t too high, since many rodents like moisture and humidity. Keep storage areas like closets and basements clean so that it’s harder for rodents to hide their nests. The last step in prevention is to make sure there are no entry points. Check the exterior of your home for holes or cracks. Use caulking to fix cracks in the exterior of your home. Keep in mind that many rodents can fit through holes the size of a quarter. Make sure that you have screens covering windows, doors, and vents, and check for tears in the screens.
when rodents get inside
Unfortunately, in the end, no prevention strategy is foolproof. Rodents could still get into your home despite your best efforts. When this happens, call Hawx Pest Control. Although mouse traps and rat poisons may insinuate that you should do-it-yourself when it comes to rodent control, we recommend seeking professional help. Rodents can be dangerous. Trying to eliminate them on your own puts you at higher risk for disease and infection, and it puts you in danger of being bitten. Trying to get rid of rodents on your own is time-consuming and tedious. Most rodent control products only target one rodent at a time, so you’ll have a difficult time catching all the rodents in your home before they multiply. We at Hawx Pest Control have the tools and experience to take care of rodents quickly, safely, and efficiently. Don’t let these pests take over your home. When prevention fails, we can help.