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4 Tips To Keep Mice And Rats Out Of Your Home

November 10, 2017

large hole in tulsa home with rodent peeking out

There are two types of people in the world. There are those who recoil when they see a rodent running along a wall, and those who say, "Aww. Look at that cute little rodent." Which would you say describes you? If you're the type who thinks that rodents are cute little furry critters, you should know that there is a big difference between a pet rodent and a wild rodent. Wild rodents get into dumpsters, sewers, composts, dead carcasses, and other dirty places. Wild rodents have fleas, lice, mites, ticks, and other parasites in their fur and inside their bellies. Wild rodents leave feces and urine everywhere they go. And wild rodents don't have a bond with you. If you corner one or scare it, it could bite you. It is best to keep them out of your home if they're not kept in captivity.

4 Ways To Deter Rodents

  1. The fewer rodents you have in your yard, the better your chances are of keeping rodents out of your home. Anything you can do to make your yard less inviting to rodents will help to deter them. Keep your exterior trash in tightly sealed containers. Keep your grass trimmed and weeds to a minimum. Reduce clutter in your yard to reduce harborage. And keep leaves raked up.

  2. If a rodent explores your walls, you want to make it as difficult as possible for them to get in. Do an inspection and seal any gaps, cracks, or holes you find. Address small holes too. Rodents have no problem making a tiny hole bigger.

  3. Your roof can offer entry points for rodents. Cut back any tree limbs that would allow a rodent to get to your roof and put wire mesh in your downspouts to prevent rodents from climbing up.

  4. If a rodent gets into your home, the last thing you want is for them to find a bite to eat. Put pet food down only during meal times and never leave it overnight. Make sure all dishes are cleaned before nighttime or leave them in a sink of soapy water. Store any food items that come in cardboard or paper inside sealed plastic containers. And cleanup or contain any other food item in your home.

If you need assistance with rodents or you'd like ongoing pest control service for your Oklahoma home that includes rodent monitoring and control, reach out to Montgomery Exterminating. No home is better with pests. Get your quality of life upgrade today.

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