How to Prevent Rats & Mice from Entering Your Bedminster, NJ Home this Fall; Sealing Mouse & Rodent Entry Points
As fall approaches and the leaves start to change on the trees, you may think that you don’t need to worry about pests as much as you have all summer long. This couldn’t be further from the truth. This is the time to make sure they stay out of your warm house, especially mice and rats. You don’t want your home to become theirs this winter. Merlin’s Pest Control would like to share some tips to help you keep these rodents out of your home this fall and winter season.
Sealing Holes Around Pipes & Other Rodent Entry Points
The biggest thing you need to be aware of are the places these pests can enter your home. Did you know that a mouse can fit through a hole in the wall the size of a dime to gain access into your house? Rats only need a hole the size of a quarter to fit through and get into your house. It really doesn’t take much. If you see any cracks or holes in the foundation of your house or even the siding, you will want to repair them as soon as possible. Make sure that any vents into your attic have fine mesh screens behind them to keep mice and rats away. A common entry point is where utility pipes enter your home. Make sure there are no open areas around those pipes to keep these pests out. Another place to consider is the chimney. If you have a chimney, you are better off covering it with a screen to keep pests from making a home in there, or worse, getting into your home that way.
Prevent Rodents in Your Yard & Garden
Mice and rats need a place to hide, and if your landscaping is trimmed and cleaned up, it eliminates a place for them to hide out. Your shrubs and bushes should be trimmed at least 15 inches away from the foundation of your home to keep them from hiding out there.
Rodent Proof Storage
Rats and mice are attracted to many of the foods you eat. You don’t want to appeal to them because you aren’t storing your food properly. You should avoid containers that are made of cardboard or other materials that they can chew through. Plastic and metal containers that have a tight fitting lid are ideal to keep mice and rats out of your food.
Keep Mice & Rats Out of Dog Food Bowl
Not only do they want the food that you and I eat, rodents are attracted to pet food as well. Make sure your pet food is stored in a container that won’t allow rats and mice to gain access to it. This will help keep them away.
Mice & Rat Control
If mice or rats have gained access into your home and you are having a hard time getting rid of them, it is time to call Merlin’s Pest Control. Mice and rats both carry many diseases that can be harmful to humans, and should be eliminated as soon as possible. It doesn’t take long for one mouse or rat to turn into several. Merlin’s Pest Control can handle all your pest issues. Call us before the problem gets out of hand.