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9 Tips On How to Deter Imminent Pest Infestations

By Chuck Henrichsen on May 4, 2017

Do you need a rodent prevention strategy for your home? Rats, mice, possums and even squirrels can cost you thousands of dollars in property damage to your home. Even worse, they carry health risks. Rats and mice not only smell bad and leave droppings everywhere, their presence can irritate allergy and asthma sufferers. Possums and squirrels, along with any rodents, also carry rabies or other diseases.

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Rodent Prevention Tips

Rodents can quickly create an environment where they thrive, which is why it's vital that you take advantage of pest prevention measures. Pest prevention services are important to helping you prevent rodent infestations and keep these creatures from entering your home.
Clean Crawls has years of experience preventing rodent infestations, and below are nine tips to help you prevent pest infestations.


1. Practice Proper Food Storage

In order to survive, rodents only need a steady food source. Even if you use a pantry, food is still accessible to mice and rats. If you fail to properly store food or leave it out where rodents can access it, you risk attracting them. Make sure you use hard plastic containers to seal in food, and store edibles in your refrigerator when applicable.


2. Store Pet Food In A Container

Rodents love to feed on pet food. Who knew your beloved dog, cat or bird was competing with a family of possums? Leaving dog food, cat food or bird seed out can attract pests and give them a constant food source. Using a storage container is an ideal method to prevent rodents from accessing your pet’s food.


3. Frequently Remove Garbage For Rodent Prevention

Any kind of furry creature with a good sense of smell recognizes garbage containers that sit for several days, especially if they contain food.  Take out the trash at least every couple of days. Avoid keeping trash cans and full garbage bags near your door - doing so just welcomes rodents to make a home indoors!


4. Seal and Finish Your Attic or Crawl Space

Mice, rats, possums and squirrels love to find a place to create their nests. Rodents build their nests and usually only leave them to find their next meal. Just because you have not seen any of these creatures running around doesn’t mean you do not have a problem. If you have crawl space or attic insulation exposed, it is a perfect place for rodents to build their nest. If you find you have a nest in your home, pest prevention services can help you to remove and clean these spaces.


5. Moist and Dark Spaces

Rodents like to live in moist and dark environments. If you haven’t inspected your crawl space or attic in many years, rodents could already have their home there. Pest love these spaces because they provide temperature-controlled shelter and a consistent place to store food. When you check these areas infrequently, rodents and other pests will make it a home.


6. Avoid Overgrown Landscaping Close to Your Home

Overgrown bushes, foliage, and trees close to your home can lead to rats, mice, squirrels or possums gaining access to your home. Rodents like to hide in tall grass and large bushes, while possums and squirrels love trees, and these animals can travel into the house unnoticed. Keeping your yard kept up and landscaping trimmed away from your home will prevent rodents from concealing themselves close to your home. As an extra bonus, you also keep your neighbors happy!


7. Close Gaps in Doors and Windows for Pest Prevention

Small rodents - especially mice - can fit in openings as small as a quarter. Make sure that you seal gaps around doors, windows, ventilation pipes, your home’s foundation and any other potential access points. This can help to prevent mice from getting indoors as part of an overall rodent prevention program.


8. Check Ventilation, Attic and Crawl Spaces

Inspecting attics, crawl spaces and vents help you to identify the signs of a possible rodent infestation. Some signs to look for include droppings and damage to structures. Mice, rats, possums and squirrels chew electrical wires, wood frames, PVC pipes, carpeting, attic insulation and even drywall. Because of this, it is important to set a regular schedule to assess any signs of damage for rodent prevention.


9. Address Rodent Infestations Swiftly

When you find that you have a mice, rat or other pest infestation, you should contact a qualified pest specialist as soon as possible. Pest removal services eliminate rodent infestations in your home and clean up the mess completely. Then, the team recommends ways to prevent infestations from coming back to roost. Let the professionals help you to deal with the challenge of a rodent infestation.


Rodent Prevention Services

If you need a rodent prevention assessment or need help addressing an existing infestation, call on our qualified specialists to help you at (866) 606-2914 or submit a contact form online. Our experienced pest control specialist team can help you address any attic or crawl space pest issue.

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Chuck Henrichsen

President and CEO of Clean Crawls, Treasurer of E3 World Wide, proud husband and father.

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