What Will Keep Rodents Away From My Home?

Picture of a rodent found in Michigan home

Rodent proofing is essential for protecting your home, whether you’re fighting a rodent infestation or want to prevent one from ever happening. Rodent populations will continue to grow in conditions where food and shelter are readily available. You can reduce or eliminate the conditions that invite rodent infestations by properly storing common attractants, sanitizing your indoor and outdoor spaces, and sealing off access points to your home.

Learn More: Rodent Exclusion FAQ

Exterior Alterations To Keep Rodents Away

Mice dislike being exposed to the elements. They are more vulnerable to predators like foxes and birds of prey as a result. As a result, they hide as much as possible in bushes, tall grass, and anything else they can find. Keep the yard neatly trimmed to get rid of mice or keep them out of your lawn in the first place.

Yard waste, more so than tall grass, is a great place for mice to hide. Yard waste piles that have been sitting for a long time can provide the warmth and shelter mice require for a nest. Keeping yard waste out of your yard is an excellent way to keep field mice away from your lawn.

You could be providing a steady supply of food for field mice if your trash isn’t secured against rodents. Leaving trash bags outside is the worst thing you can do. Mice can detect the odor of trash bags and can easily gnaw through the plastic to reach the food waste inside. Other small animals, such as squirrels and larger animals such as possums and raccoons, may eat your garbage. As a result, make sure that all trash is contained within designated, heavy-duty bins.

Changes Inside The Home To Keep Rodents Out

Rodents and bugs can easily access flour, sugar, and other food stored in bags or paper cartons. Keep these foods on high shelves or in the refrigerator in tightly sealed containers. If your home does not smell like a food source, rodents will not be enticed to live there.

Mice and rats are attracted to sloppy housekeeping that leaves spilled crumbs or food scraps on floors or countertops. Always keep a broom handy to sweep up crumbs, and never leave uneaten pet food bowls in dishes on the floor.

Common Rodent Access Points 

If you think your home is impenetrable against rodents, you should take a look at common entry points. Mice and rats are intelligent creatures who can fit into tiny spaces. They also have razor-sharp teeth that can slash through rotten wood or wet drywall. Check out these possible entry points:

  • You have holes perfect for rodents looking for a warm winter home if you have air conditioning, a sprinkler system, water lines, or other systems for managing air and water.
  • Small gaps where your home’s walls meet the foundations, as well as spots where siding isn’t adequately secured. A mouse can fit through an opening as small as a quarter of an inch. They can easily gain access to your attic and walls once inside.
  • Rodents can easily gain access to your home through rotted wood around your foundations or windows. Their sharp teeth have evolved to gnaw through, leaving holes large enough for the entire family to fit through.
  • Rodents can get into the attic through gaps in the ridge vents, and attics are nice, quiet spots with plenty of soft materials for comfortable rodent homes.
  • Screens on doors and windows are easily broken, and even a tiny hole in a screen can serve as an easy access point for mice and rats.
  • To allow for ventilation, “weep holes” are sometimes installed in brick homes. While maintaining ventilation is important, alterations may need to be performed to prevent rodent entry.

Get Professional Rodent Proofing Services

Rodent proofing (AKA exclusion) is the most effective way to permanently keep rats and rodents out of your home. There’s no need for dangerous poison or cruel traps. Rats, as previously stated, can squeeze through incredibly small holes that even a trained and experienced eye would miss.

Our pre-qualified professional rodent proofers will inspect every nook and cranny of your home for potential rodent gateways and seal them for good with rodent proofing. Rodent proofing is a long-term solution that ensures you’ll never have to deal with pesky rodents running across your floor or squeaking from behind the walls again.