We face rodent infestation at our home at some point during a year. The major rodents that challenge most homes are rats and mice. These small animals can be a nuisance as they chew almost everything, from food to boxes, and woods. Before thinking of a way to eliminate them, it is important to understand how rodents find their way into the house. They are mostly beckoned by food and that’s why you find them mostly in the pantry and kitchen where there is ample food. They also like dark and congested areas like the basement, garage, or attic space. This is how you can control rodents without use of chemicals.
1. Ensure Hygiene in The kitchen
Always clean food debris and remnants often. Food pieces are irresistible to mice and rats.
2. Seal the Air Conditioner
Covering the gaps will lock out the rodents. Other similar gaps should also be sealed.
3. Do not Provide Bird Food Near the House
Birds eat poorly as they leave seeds on the ground. Scattered seeds and food are an attraction to the rodents ad they will ever leave your house.
4. Avoid Storing Dog Food in the Garage
Small pieces of dog food are enough aroma to call squirrels and mice in the garage. The dog food needs to be stored in air-tight containers that rodents cannot realize.
5. Do not Overdo Landscaping
If your back or front yard is packed with too much plantations, rodents find accommodation here. In as much as we love colorful gardens, they can be the comfortable homes for rodents that bother us so much.
6. Close the Garage Door After Use
If you leave you garage door agape, it will invite not only rodents but also other wild animals especially at night. These animals will find shelter in a cold night and most probably find their way into your kitchen or bedroom.
7. Garbage Control
The smell of garbage is what invites the rodents. If you can empty garbage cans every day, the mice and rats will be starved.
It is very unlikely to see a rodent getting into the house, as it is very discreet and cunning. You will only you are in trouble when you see their droppings in the kitchen or chewed boxes and electrical wires. Certain seasons of the year make these animals move into houses in great numbers, for example, winter and autumn because they are seeking warmth. If not controlled, rodent infestation spreads rapidly because their reproduction rate is very high. Rat control should be done to prevent food contamination, disease spread, and damage of important document and furniture.