Tips To Ban Rodents From Your Fort Bragg Home This Winter
December 16, 2019
With a name like Fort Bragg, you would think our area would be more defended against rodents, but it isn’t. Just like everywhere else in the world (besides Antarctica and, for the most part, Alberta Canada) we have rodent problems. The question is, is there a way to keep rodents out of a home? The answer is, yes - and we are here to show you how it is done. Our top tips to ban rodents from your Fort Bragg home are coming right up.
Why Rodents Invade
Rodents can invade a home at any point of the year but tend to invade more often during the fall and winter months. Why is this? It is because of the cold weather. Despite rodents having fur, they much prefer the warmth of our homes over what their coat provides. As we see temperatures drop over the next few months, rodents will be looking for more ways out of the cold and into warm homes. The kicker is that once they are inside more often than not they are there for good.
The Dangers Of Living With Rodents
Rodents kept as pets in cages are nearly harmless. Wild rodents, on the other hand, are responsible for a laundry list of problems. The biggest reason for this comes down to habits. Where a caged rodent is kept in a clean environment and fed only safe foods, wild rodents gravitate towards the more filthy edges of society. Crawling around sewers, over dead animals, and through trash, rodents are prone to picking up dangerous bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. These issues are then spread through the homes they infest, inside food boxes, and wherever they leave their fecal matter and urine. Even just cleaning up their excrement could get you or a family member very sick.
Rodents are also destructive. Born with sharp, ever-growing front incisor teeth, rodents are prone to chewing on anything and everything. You have heard of rodents such as mice and rats chewing through walls, but have you heard of them severing electrical wires and starting fires? When inside walls, rodents can be a real threat to the inner working of our homes.
How You Can Make Your Home Less Attractive To Rodents
Remember the tips we promised earlier to keep rodents out of your Fort Bragg home? Here they are.
Keep your yard well maintained and bushes and branches trimmed away from the exterior of your home.
Rodents can fit through holes the size as small as a nickel in width. Find these opening in the exterior of your home and seal them up using steel mesh and a caulking gun.
Pick up after outdoor gatherings. Left out food and drinks can invite unwanted rodents onto your property and closer to invading your home.
Keep your home as clean as possible and pick up food and drink messes as they happen.
Make sure your interior and exterior trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
Store leftover foods inside of plastic containers and consider repackaging food stored in cardboard boxes and plastic bags inside of larger hard plastic containers.
Pick up pet food and water bowls before you go to bed.
How To Get Rid Of Rodents If They Get Inside
There is a huge difference between getting rid of a rodent and getting rid of many rodents. One rodent can be eliminated with a few carefully placed traps baited with peanut butter. With infestations of more than just one rodent, there is the possibility of reproduction and your problem getting worse, fast. In this case, we recommend playing it safe and letting professionals here at Mendo Lake Termite Control help. With all of the problems and sicknesses that rodents can cause, it is always better to be safe than sorry. To find out what top-quality rodent control would look like for your home, reach out to us today!