Three Ways to Keep Rodent Pests from Entering Your Home

Posted on: 20 February 2019

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If you're like most homeowners, you really dislike the thought of rodent pests gaining access to your home interior, and you undoubtedly take various measures to keep this scenario from becoming a reality. For instance, you may be keeping food scraps to a minimum in order to reduce tempting opportunistic rodents, and perhaps you share your home with a feline furry friend who helps control mice and rat populations. Nonetheless, you may still be experiencing the nagging feeling that you're not doing all you can, especially when you see signs of the presence of rodents in your home interior.

Fortunately, there are several other easy strategies designed to keep rats and mice at bay. Following are three of them.

Keep Shrubbery Around Your Home Exterior Well Trimmed

Overgrown shrubbery provides an excellent habitat for all varieties of rodents, so be sure you keep your foundation plantings well trimmed. Pay special attention to dead branches and leaves toward the base of the shrubs—this is the area where rodents are most likely to build their nests. Rodents that nest next to your home are likely to seek ways to enter the interior, particularly in autumn when nighttime temperatures begin to drop and rodents start seeking warm environments where they can spend the winter. 

Keep Tree Branches Trimmed Away From Upper Story Windows 

Although climbing trees is commonly associated with rodents such as squirrels and chipmunks, many people don't realize that their cousins, rats and mice, have the same ability to climb trees. It is not at all unusual for rats and mice to gain entry to home interiors via upper story windows by climbing trees and going out on branches that either touch the upper-story windows or come within easy jumping distance of them. Be sure to keep your tree branches trimmed back enough so that rodents can't access your home through windows.

Encapsulate Your Crawl Space 

Many homeowners who do everything else right as far as rodent control goes fail to realize that their crawl space provides rodents with an optimal habitat that often allows them access to the inside of the house. Proper crawl space encapsulation involves eliminating water sources that may attract rodents, the installation of a thin metal slab commonly known as a "rat slab," and the sealing of all cracks and holes that may provide rodents with access to the crawl space. In some cases, your crawl space encapsulation professional may suggest installing a bright light source to deter rodent pests from setting up shop in the crawl space.