Keeping the pesky pests outsideJuly 16th 2012
We take great lengths to keep possible intruders out of our homes. However, what about the smaller intruders? There’s likely an abundance of openings around your home that make access for these pests easy to enter. Although your home may not have experienced problems with pests in the past, it is a good idea watch for signs and take preventative measures to pest proof your home. Here’s a few ways you can prevent unwanted tenants from living in your home:
- Seal openings where pipes and wires enter the foundation, siding and soffits, e.g., around outdoor faucets, receptacles, gas meters, clothes dryer vents, telephone/cable/ TV wires and continuous soffit venting. These are common entry points for rats, mice, squirrels and birds. Commonly used item to seal entry points could be steel wool and galvanized quarter inch wire lath.
- Clear trash and debris from inside and outside the house. Keep a tight-fitting lid on garbage and compost bins need to be rodent proofed, as do recycling bins. Store lumber and wood piles away from the house off the ground. Any grass seed and food including pet food should be stored in sealed containers. Pick up fallen fruit from trees and remove bird feeders.
- If necessary, consider having exterior perimeter, anchored, tamper-resistant rodent bait stations installed around your home. Having bait stations installed is a great way to control those pesky rats and mice, before they have a chance to enter your home. If you suspect you have a problem inside the home, traps are a better solution for rodent issues. Poisons can have undesirable side effects, such as the accidental poisoning of pets and the possibility of rodents dying in inaccessible areas.
- If you suspect you may have pests in your home, contact a professional pest control company, they can provide you with a “Point Of Entry Inspection”. A pest control specialist can come to your home and locate all the possible access points. They will then provide you with expertise on having any unwanted visitors humanely removed (if any) and then having those entry points screened.
Since rodents are usually active at night, you can look for signs of rodents during the day time to trace their activities. Apart from actually seeing rodents here are a few common signs that will indicate their presence:
Droppings may be found in places where food is stored such as in kitchen cabinets and drawers. Additionally, mice will leave droppings near their nests, in storage or cabins loaded with boxes, bags, old furniture, and other objects as they make an ideal home for rodents.
Rodents prefer to build their nests out of materials that are soft, fuzzy, or warm. Common rodent nest materials may include shredded paper, bunches of dry grass or small twigs, fabric, and furniture stuffing and batting.
Usually you will discover droppings near to a favorite rodent food source. Rodents can chew through plastic, so plastic bags and Tupperware-style containers do not protect food items.
Rodents will gnaw on almost anything that includes such things as wood, paper board, cloth sacks, and materials even harder than these.