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Need a rat deterrent? Try these 5 things.

Autumn is a time when rodents are most likely to creep their way into homes across the country, potentially carrying diseases and parasites along with them. Think they won’t find their way into your home? You should know that it doesn’t take much for them to get inside. In fact, a house mouse needs no more than a 1.75 centimeters wide gap –which is approximately the size of a nickel; while a rat can wriggle in through a hole as small as 2.5 centimeters.
That is why you need to do these 5 things to prevent rodents from getting into your home.

1. Install weather stripping

Add protection to your doors, windows and garage doors by installing weather stripping to close up any gaps that may presently exist.
Your garage is especially vulnerable to rodent infiltration, because it offers warmth and lots of hiding places in amongst the clutter garages usually contain. Many homeowners also store pet food in the garage, which can be an enticing treat to hungry pests.

To ensure that rodents keep out of your garage you may even want to go a step beyond simple weather-proofing and look into some of the products on the market that have been especially designed to seal your garage against mice and rats.

2. Declutter

As we mentioned above, rodents love clutter. They are constantly looking for nesting material and a good place to build one. So, one of the best things you can do to keep those rats at bay, is to go through and do a thorough decluttering in your house You could even tackle your garage. Take away any potential hiding places and toss out anything that can be used as nesting materials, like cardboard and newspaper.

3. Eliminate moisture

Moisture in the home is bad for so many different reasons. Mold and structural damage are two of the most widely known problems, but did you know that it’s also one of the major attractors for pests like rodents and house centipedes?
Repair any leaks and keep your rain gutters free of debris in order to prevent excess moisture and also the presence of those creepy critters.

4. Tidy up landscaping

Overgrown trees and shrubbery are another place where rodents like to hide on your property. Unpruned trees can also act as an easy access point for pests to get up onto your roof.

5. Fill holes and cracks

Seal all holes, gaps and crevices in your home using a good quality sealant along with a wad of steel wool. Adding the steel wool will help prevent mice and rats from chewing through the sealant and gaining access to your home.

If you take these precautions and still end up with an infestation of unwelcome visitors, be sure to visit today to connect with local pest control professionals, read reviews of their past work and to request service quotes.

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