Mice and rats are a year-round pest control problem in most regions. Recently, many towns have seen an enormous increase in rodent activity and aggressive behavior. This could prove problematic when temperatures drop, and already-hungry rodents start spreading to more residential areas in search of food and shelter.
Preventing A Rodent Infestation
● Avoid keeping pet food outdoors and take down your bird feeders. Leaving out kibble or birdseed on your porch or in your yard is the fastest way to attract rodents. When the weather gets colder, mice will start looking for shelter on your property where it’s warm: inside your home.
● Clear debris and thick vegetation from your yard. Rodents will conceal themselves in bushes, vines, and shrubs, and use soft mulch and leaf piles to make nests. By eliminating places where they can hide, they’ll most likely choose a more advantageous location off your property.
● Seal gaps inside and outside your home. A mouse can squeeze through a nickel-sized hole! Ensure gaps in your home are sealed with materials that will be difficult for rodents to chew through. Common entry points for rodents include attic and crawl space vents, holes for plumbing, gas, and electrical lines, and gaps in the eaves, gables, and roof rafters.
● Conceal your garbage. Always keep garbage cans covered with the lid tightly down. Try also double bagging your garbage to prevent the smell from attracting pests.
● Clean up after cooking and eating. Once you’re finished cooking and enjoying your meal, team up with your household to wash the dishes, wipe down the table, stove, and counters, and take out the trash.
● Keep your food in airtight containers. Invest in glass, airtight containers for your pantry foods and leftovers. Rodents are incredible chewers, and a plastic bag presents no challenge against their sharp teeth.
● Work with pest control specialists that can meet your household’s needs. Before placing poison out to prevent an infestation, consider this: Poison Control Centers get about 15,000 calls every year for children under 6 years old eating rodenticides. Leaving out poison for rodents can also put pets at risk.
Minnesota Wild Animal Management Mouse Removal Services
For more information about mouse removal and prevention tactics, call Minnesota Wild Animal Management. We have established techniques in dealing with rodents. Not only will we exterminate your home, but we will also seal possible entry points to prevent future infestations. Don’t waste any more of your time and energy setting up traps around the house. Get peace of mind by calling us today at (612) 386-1289.