HOW TO KEEP RODENTS OUT OF THE HOUSE
WITH THE WEATHER CHANGING AND NO WHERE FOR RODENTS TO GO FOR THE WINTER MONTHS, THEY LOVE TO FIND A HOME DURING THE COLD WEATHER.
HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS TO HELP KEEP RODENTS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE.
You can help your pest control technician rid your home of a mouse or rat problem by completing the following 8 Prep Steps prior to service:
1. Make sure that all food that is not in a can or jar is stored in the refrigerator or heavy plastic container during service, and for at least two weeks afterward. This includes chips, candies, nuts, cereals, bread, any grain-based food, pet foods, etc., that are normally stored in upper or lower cabinets, on counter tops, or on top of the refrigerator. Although usually bagged, rodents can chew right through plastic bags to get to foods.
2. Repair any holes in walls, around baseboards, or doors that don’t seal properly (Apartment residents should report these to management for repair.) This is because mice can enter through gaps as small as 1/4 inch and rats through holes as small as 1/2 inch in diameter.
3. Remove all items from the top of the refrigerator and from beneath the kitchen sink to allow access to these areas.
4. When the technician arrives, discuss the situation with him or her, making note of areas where mice or signs of mice have been seen. 54. The technician may be setting and placing a variety of baits and traps. Do not touch or disturb these during or after the service.
5. For ongoing control, clean, sweep and vacuum the home regularly. Take out the trash on a regular basis, keep lids on trash cans, and keep all areas as clean as possible.
6. Eliminate any unnecessary storage including boxes, paper, and clothing, because rodents (and other pests) will take shelter here, gnaw the items to make their nests, and even breed in undisturbed areas.
7. For long-term prevention against infestation of rats, mice, and other pests, follow these guidelines and practical tips.