Tips for Keeping Your Property Free Of Rats and Mice

Rat or mice infestations are just the worst. These creatures can cause serious health issues as rodents can carry harmful diseases – and that’s not the only problem. Rats and mice love to chew on anything they can sink their teeth into. They can cause serious damage to your property and even pose safety hazards if these creatures get into your vehicle or homes wiring. 

Rat and mice infestations can be avoided if you take the right precautions. It is important not to wait until an infestation gets out of hand before you start to act. Here are a few great tips to help keep your property rat and mice free at all times. 

1. Get Regular Inspections

It is important to regularly inspect your building for signs such as small holes, gnaw marks, rodent droppings and rodent smells. You can also watch out for rat nests in warm and secluded areas, shredded pieces of materials, footprints and keep an ear open for scratching sounds at night.  

2. Monitor and Maintain Your Property

Constantly monitor your property for signs of rat infestations so you can pick up on these issues quickly and resolve the problem before rats and mice start nesting in your property.

3. Block Entry Points

A good way to keep rats out of your building is by blocking all possible entry points. Inspect the foundation, walls, and ventilation of the building and ensure that there are no holes big enough for rats or mice to crawl through. You should also check the weather seals on doors and windows. 

4. Don’t Feed Birds

Birdfeed is a very attractive treat for rodents and other pests. Keep bird feeders away from your property, especially if you have a business that is inspected for health risks regularly.

5. Store Food Products in Sealed Containers

Keep all food products including pet foods in sealable air-tight containers so rats cannot smell these food sources. You should also try to feed dogs on a schedule instead of putting kibble out to stand all day since the smell of these foods can lure rodents. 

6. Close Garbage Bins

Open garbage bins on your property can lure in lots of pests and insects to your property. When these bins are tightly sealed, rodents cannot smell the food morsels you tossed.

7. Keep Your Floors and Countertops Clean

We all have those lazy days but leaving food sources out on the floor and countertop is a bad idea. These food pieces can lure all sorts of rodents and infestations and can pose health risks. The best way to keep rodents out of your home is to keep a clean kitchen and dining area. 

8. Get a Pet Cat or Dog

A cat or dog can be very helpful for combating rodent infestations or for identifying the problem even when the usual signs are not very noticeable. Dogs and cats have a great sense of smell and can sniff out rodents wherever they hide.

9. Set A Few Traps

Keeping a few traps set is a good way to do pest control and to see when you have an infestation in your property. 

If you do notice signs of an infestation then it is best to get treatments from a pest control company early on. Best control specialists like Bye Bye Pest Control use environment-safe products to get rid of rats before resolving to harsh methods to treat extensive infestations.