Life isn't pleasant when you are sharing your home with unwanted and unwelcome guests. Besides, your home is only built to house so many individuals, right? If your home is fit for five and you try to sleep ten, things can start to feel a little crowded, and that is only five over what you can actually comfortably house. Imagine twenty or even thirty extra guests living under your roof. This is what living with rodents can feel like. Although they don’t take up any of your beds or bathroom time, they definitely put an unwelcome strain on your home and everyone that is supposed to be living within it.
Problems Rodents Cause
If you have never lived with a rodent infestation before, let us explain what it is like. It usually starts with a quite pitter-pattering, usually late at night while you are sleeping, or in the walls during the later hours of the day. Then you start seeing holes chewed through the bottom of your walls or into your cupboards. You may even find a box or two of food chewed through and contaminated. If you are really unfortunate you may find yourself frightened by one of these furry night lives when you least expect it. This is what living with rodents feels like. They chew through everything they can, go to the bathroom wherever they wish, and steal any and all food they can, contaminating it in the process.
Prevention Tips For Rodents
Hopefully, at this point, your home does not have a rodent infestation, as the following rodent prevention tips are designed to keep homes rodent-free in the first place and not to get existing mice and rats out. Here are some steps to follow to protect your home against these furry invaders:
Use a caulking gun with high-quality caulk to seal any gaps or cracks around your home’s exterior foundation, as well as around utility piping and window and door frames.
Store leftover food inside sturdy Tupperware containers and where rodents will have trouble reaching them, such as in your refrigerator.
Clean your home regularly. Rodents are known for loving and thriving in dirty environments, so the cleaner your home is the less likely they will be to stick around.
Keep your lawn well-maintained and your grass cut short.
Repair leaks and eliminate sources of water buildup in and around your home.
Make sure your gutters are all in working order.
If your trash cans do not already have tight-fitting lids, invest in some that do.
Why Rodents Are Difficult To Treat Alone And When To Call In The Professionals
With any pest that hides in walls and only really comes out at night, prevention can be difficult, especially without professional help. Many store-bought pest control products can also be dangerous to more than rodents if used improperly. If you find rodents in your home, the first thing you should do is call RAM Wildlife & Pest Management. We'll provide the solutions you need to get back to a rodent-free life. To find out what this would look like, give us a call and let us help you find a pest control plan that works for you!