Protect Your Home From Critters This Season With These Tips
The comfortable weather of spring has finally arrived. However, rodents may find that spring is just the right season to make themselves comfortable in your home. Rodents are not just a nuisance; they may also carry diseases. To protect your family, it’s essential to practice effective rodent control. Here are five tips from a trusted Oakland attic restoration company to help keep your home rodent-free.
Banish Rodents From Your Yard
If there are no rodents in your yard, there is less chance that you will end up with rodents in your home. Rodents will take advantage of how your yard is set up, so here are some pointers to pay attention to:
- Don’t plant ivy (or any other plant) to climb up your house wall. Rodents will use this as a convenient ladder to get into your home.
- Keep firewood elevated well off the ground to prevent mice, rats, or squirrels from making cozy nests inside.
- Clean all outdoor cooking surfaces after using them so you don’t leave tasty snacks for rodents.
Seal Up All Entry Points
Inspect your home carefully to look for rodent entry points. Seal up holes in interior walls, the attic, and crawl spaces, and around kitchen cabinets. Use caulk, steel wool, or metal mesh where appropriate. A Bay Area crawl space cleaning company can inspect your home thoroughly for tough to reach entry points.
Remove Food Sources
Rodents will be attracted to enticing food odors coming from your kitchen. Make sure all food is tightly sealed in containers, especially anything sweet or high in carbs, such as chips, cereals, and crackers. Plus, keep all kitchen surfaces clean, rinse out all food containers prior to recycling, and take out the trash regularly.
Get Rid of Clutter
Rodents love to nest, so don’t leave piles of potential nesting materials lying around. Declutter your space of papers, clothing, and piles of any other materials that rodents can easily burrow under or into. An attic insulation removal company in the Bay Area can help remove old, damaged insulation that can often be a culprit.
Traps are one way to get rid of mice and rats. Use electric or snap traps. Don’t use glue traps as rodents are small mammals and there’s no need to be cruel. Even if you are softhearted and don’t like the idea of killing rodents, avoid traps that capture rodents alive, as the traps can spread disease.
If You Live in the Bay Area, Contact Element Home Solutions For Professional Rodent Proofing
Element Home Solutions is a professional rodent proofing company. Rodent problem areas may include your attic as (old insulation makes a perfect home for rodents) and your crawl space. Give us a call at (888) 980-4822 to set up an appointment today, because we want you to live rodent free! Click HERE to contact us for a free quote.