Preventing Rodents in Your Home by Sealing Entry Points
Serving Illinois and Indiana
Your house provides an inviting habitat for rodents. It offers warmth, shelter, and a consistent supply of food and water, making it an ideal home for rats and mice. Once these pests establish themselves in your residence, they tend to be quite tenacious and challenging to remove. They won’t voluntarily leave, underscoring the importance of preventing their entry in the first place. This is why rodent exclusion plays a crucial role in controlling these pests.
If you’ve dealt with rodent infestations before, you know it’s not something you ever want to face again. Call Anderson Pest Solutions today. We specialize in residential rodent exclusion and prevention, addressing all your needs in this regard.
Protect Your Home with Professional Rodent Exclusion Services
Searching for food and water, rodents will come inside your home any time of year. However, fall and winter can be especially bad for infestations. Food becomes scarcer, which motivates them to go outside their normal range in search of it. Also, it can be very cold, and rodents don’t do well in the cold. They have an instinctual drive to find somewhere warmer and safer to live.
But what is rodent exclusion? Rodent exclusion is the process of sealing up entry points in the home that are being used or could be used by rats and mice. This process will vary depending on where the holes are located and what material is suitable to properly seal them. Our professional rodent exclusion services are the best way to prevent rats and mice in your home. When you work with us, we’ll send out an experienced rodent control expert to perform a thorough assessment and evaluate your home for potential vulnerabilities that could bring rodents inside. After the inspection, they’ll come up with a rodent exclusion plan using industry best practices to ensure you stay rodent-free.
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Is DIY Rodent Exclusion an Option?
There are a variety of things you can do that will make your own home less attractive to mice and rats. Here are some DIY mouse and rat exclusion strategies we recommend:
- Seal any gaps in your home’s walls and foundation: Rats can enter a quarter-sized opening, while mice can squeeze into a hole as small as a dime.
- Clean up dog waste on your property: There’s some debate about how appetizing rats find dog feces, but there’s no doubt that if they’re hungry and running out of food options, they will dine on your doggy’s doo-doo. Sounds disgusting, right? Well, it’s even more disgusting when you realize they’re skittering around in your house after such a feast. Avoid increasing your risk of attracting rodents by cleaning up any and all dog waste as soon as possible.
- Store opened packages of food in containers: Rodents have a keen sense of smell and can probably smell open food packages in your kitchen. Keep them in tightly sealed containers like Tupperware to prevent them from catching the scent and being able to access it.
- Stay on top of it: It doesn’t take much for rodents to make a happy home in your house. If you do spot rodent droppings or gnaw marks, call in the professional rat removal and exclusion specialists.
Why Should You Invest in Rat & Mouse Exclusion?
Although rats have fairly short lifespans, they reproduce rapidly and often. This makes it very easy to go from zero rodents to an unmanageable infestation with little or no warning. When this happens, it poses a health threat to people and pets. Mouse droppings and bodily fluids can spread a potentially deadly respiratory illness called hantavirus. During wet weather, the family dog is also at risk for rat-borne bacterial disease.
That’s not to mention the property damage rats and mice can cause with their gnawing. Amazingly, rats’ teeth never stop growing. Rather, they gnaw to wear down their teeth and make sure they don’t outgrow their jaws. This gnawing behavior can cause visible damage to walls and furniture. If a rodent chews through a wire, it can also damage your home’s electrical system or even start a fire.
Prevent Rats & Mice in Your Home
Rodent problems in the Midwest can certainly be daunting, but you don’t have to let it disrupt the comfort and safety of your household. Anderson Pest Solutions has provided thorough, effective rodent control and exclusion in Illinois and Indiana since 1913 – and we look forward to working with you next.
Call today and ask about preventive measures or treatment options for any type of rodent infestation.