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Rodent Proofing Your Home

September 20, 2017

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Do you have a rodent infestation? Are you seeing droppings or urine in the backs of your drawers and cabinets? Are you hearing bumping and scraping sounds in your walls as you're trying to go to sleep? Are holes appearing in your pantry food packages? If so, you could have a rodent problem. Whether you have rodents living in your home or you are looking to prevent rodents from getting into your home, it is important to understand how rodent proofing works. Trapping and removing rodents is a fruitless endeavor if you don't seal your exterior walls from continued access. Here are some tips to make your home a rodent-free zone.

Rodent Proofing

  • Check low. Do a detailed inspection of your foundation and exterior walls and look for any holes or gaps that could be used by rodents to gain access. Be aware that it only takes a hole the size of a dime for most mice to get into your home. If you find entry points, use a caulking gun to seal things up until you can properly fix them. Be sure to check under decks, patios and other structures where rodents can chew on your home without fear of being preyed upon by birds.

  • Check high. Rodents can climb. If they find a tree branch that gives them access to your roof, or are able to climb up a downspout, you could have access points that are high. Use a tall ladder to slowly work your way around your roofline and check for chewed entry points. Seal any holes you find.

  • Protect your food. Rodents stay in a home that has food options. If you seal your food in hard plastic containers and keep your dishes in soapy water, instead of stacked next to the sink, this will go a long way toward making your home less attractive to rodents.

  • Make sure your kitchen trash has a top that seals. Rodents can find many meals inside your trash can. Removing trash every evening is another great way to deter rodents. These are nocturnal creatures that will climb in your trash while you're sleeping. If there is no trash to climb into, they'll look elsewhere for food.

If all this sounds like a lot of work, there is another option. The Home Guardian SM Service from Quik-Kill monitors for rodents and actively works to eliminate them all year long. It also works to eliminate a whole host of other pests as well. While you're protecting your home from termites and bed bugs, you could be getting rodent protection at the same time.

For more information or to set up service, reach out to us today for immediate assistance.


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