Step-By-Step Rodent Prevention Guide For Gilbert Homeowners

April 15, 2020

The best time to think about rodent control is before rodents get into your home. Once inside your home, there are many ways rodents can have a harmful impact on your health and property. They chew on items in storage and urinate in your attic and storage areas. They chew holes through sheetrock, baseboards, foam insulation, and other materials that your home is made of. They spread ticks, fleas, parasitic worms, microscopic bacteria, pathogens, and more, as they move about your home and get into your food. We could go on, but you get the point. Rodents can damage your stuff and make you sick. The worst part is that they can do these things without you knowing. Today, we're going to give you a quick step-by-step guide to prevent the rodents of Gilbert from getting into your home and doing secret things in your home that can harm your health and property.

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Step 1: Reduce Factors That Attract Rodents

Before rodents get into your home, they come into your yard. If you understand what makes your yard attractive to rodents, you can reduce rodent activity and decrease your chances of an infestation. Here are some quick tips to resisting rodents. Eliminate or reduce:

  • Standing water

  • Yard clutter

  • Dense vegetation

  • Unprotected trash

  • Fruits, vegetables, and berries

  • Birdseed

Step 2: Seal Potential Entry Points

As rodents explore the exterior of your home, they may find ways to get in. Mice will typically get in through tiny gaps near the ground. Rodents can get in through slightly larger openings from the ground to the tip of your chimney. Here are some of the most common entry points that rodents will exploit:

  • Gaps in weatherstripping

  • Damaged door sweeps

  • Unprotected weep holes

  • Gaps around plumbing pipes

  • Gaps around wall and roof penetrations

  • Unprotected exhaust ducts

  • Gaps around door and window frames

Step 3: Protect Vulnerabilities

Sometimes, rodents use an opening that already exists. They are capable of chewing their own entry point. If you want to have success keeping them out, you may need to bolster your defenses. Here are a few points where rodents might attack:

  • A rodent can make short work of the rubber weatherstripping around your exterior doors, and they are able to squeeze in through a gap the size of a quarter or smaller.

  • They can chew through a door or window frame if it is in a location that allows them cover from predators.

    Roof rats often exploit areas where soffits cross over roofline.

  • If you don't have a damper or chimney cap, roof rats can go right down your chimney.

Step 4: Inspect For Rodent Activity

It is best to catch rodents early. If mice or rats have gotten into your home, there are some warning signs you can look for. Here are the top four:

  • The presence of droppings in the cabinet under your kitchen sink, in the back of kitchen drawers, behind items in your pantry, or in your attic spaces.

  • The presence of nests, feces, urine, or rodents in attic spaces, basement areas, or above drop-down ceilings.

  • Holes in low, protected spots in your kitchen or pantry. Use a flashlight to peer into voids under your cabinets and in the gaps next to appliances. Consider moving appliances out of their place to do a quick inspection behind.

  • If your dog or cat is acting funny in your kitchen, they may be hearing something you can't hear, or smelling something you can't smell. Often, pets detect rodents long before we do. But just because your cat or dog senses those rodents, it doesn't mean that they can protect you from them.

Best Solution For Rodent Prevention

At All Clear Pest Control, we provide ongoing rodent trapping. This service comes with two benefits. Fewer rodents around your home means that you'll have less of a chance of an infestation. Traps also provide insight into how much rodent activity you have on your property at night while you're sleeping. If you have questions, we'd love to talk to you about this service and how it fits in with our residential pest control service. Reach out to us any time. We're here to help.

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