How To Keep Pests From Invading Your Home
Don’t wait until you have mice to do something about them. Even if you’ve never had a rodent problem before, you never know when you’ll start. Prevention is always preferable to figuring out a solution. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to keep from having mice and other rodents, all you need is a little information and to know where to look and apply an effective pest control strategy.
Take a Look Around Your House
The first thing you should do is take a look around your house when the weather starts cooling down. Mice are one of the largest winter pest concerns, so you should start around mid-fall in order to get the jump on rodents. Mice can squeeze in through spaces that are no bigger than a dime and raccoons can fit through a six-inch opening. If you think a space is too small for a mouse to fit through, chances are they can if they try. Look for light spilling through cracks and feel for air currents, which are often an indication of small spaces that you might not be able to see. Not only is good insulation ideal for keeping warmth inside of your home, it’s also good for keeping unwanted rodents out.
Keep an Eye on Your House Plants
If you keep plants outside, make sure that they’re at least three or four feet away from the house. It’s also recommended that you trim your weeds and remove all junk from your house so that rodents don’t have a place to nest. If you’ve recently had any repairs or installations on your home, make sure that they’re sealed up tight. Dishwashers and washing machines are prime spots for small holes, so make sure you pull those out to see that there aren’t any holes.
Before winter, you should set out a few glue traps in any spaces where rodents are likely to enter. If you ever find a rodent in a trap, then you’ll know what kind of pests are in the area and what specific precautions you need to take. There are two times of the year when you’ll want to keep a sharp eye out for pests: when the temperature starts to go up in the summer and again towards the beginning of winter. You never know when new cracks can develop in your home, so make sure that you inspect weatherstripping and screens often to ensure that they’re intact.
Something else you can do is be on the lookout for mouse droppings in your home. Even if you don’t see or hear a mouse, they have ways of letting you know they’ve made themselves at home in your home.
About the Author
Ant Eater Exterminating and Jason Baker, have teamed up to help people better understand the types of bugs they may find in their houses and how best to get rid of them quickly.