Rat and Mice Proofing Your Home

Serving Illinois and Indiana

Rat and Mice Proofing Your Home in Illinois and IndianaTips to Keeping Rodents Out

The best cure for a rodent problem is prevention. Here are a few pest control tips that will help you keep rats and mice out for good.

  • Consider getting a cat, or making friends with outdoor neighborhood cats. If you can keep them on or near your property, they’ll help control the rodent population and serve as a deterrent.
  • Use safe, natural mouse repellents. Plant mint around your windows and doors to discourage entry. Essential oils such as peppermint and spearmint also work in place of a mint plant. Simply place drops throughout and around the house. You can also tuck bay leaves into cabinets.
  • Store dry foods, pet food, and birdseed in sealed, heavy containers.
  • Avoid leaving uneaten food out.
  • Place your garbage cans on six-inch wood platforms and replace cans that have holes or cracks.
  • Remove fallen fruit from your lawn.
  • Search the interior and exterior of your home for holes and cracks that could allow a rodent to enter. Fill any that you find with steel wool, plaster, caulk, or cement.

Humane Rat and Mouse Baits

If you have a soft heart and would prefer using a humane live mouse trap to capture and relocate the little fellows, here are the best baits to use.

  • Chocolate and other soft candies
  • Maple syrup
  • Peanut butter
  • Smelly, soft cheese
  • Pieces of bacon
  • Crackers with butter
  • Nuts
  • Wet pet food
  • Wiener slices

Rodent Extermination Experts

If mice or rats make your Illinois home their hideout, despite your best efforts, it’s time to call a professional. Contact Anderson Pest Solutions to get rid of your pesky guests and for advice to help you keep them away for good.

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