Even a small group of rodents is capable of doing extensive damage to your home or business as they gather nesting materials and forage for food. To make matters worse, many homeowners won’t even be aware of the presence of these sneaky pests until the infestation has progressed. To keep your home or business safe this winter, try these practical tips for preventing rodent infestation.
Seal Entry Points
When dealing with pests, one of the biggest problems that homeowners and business owners can have is holes or cracks that allow small pests to infiltrate the building. Rodents are capable of entering a structure through hole that is 3/8″ thick, or the diameter of a pencil. For this reason, homeowners and business owners should careful examine windows, doors, vents and external piping for any entry points and seal them accordingly.
Limit Outdoor Storage
Garbage cans and stored firewood are particularly appealing to rodents because these structures provide food and shelter. Preventing rodent infestation requires homeowners or business owners to lock down their garbage cans to limit access to rodents and other wildlife that are looking for a free meal. To limit the chance of rodents finding their way inside, firewood should also be stored around 20 feet away from the foundation of the home if possible.
Check Storage Items
Do you store your holiday decorations in a storage unit or frequently bring home items that may have been contained in one? This is a common way that pests make their way into homes such as cockroaches and rodents. It is important to carefully inspect the boxes, bags and other items brought into the home to ensure no pests are tagging along.
Pied Piper Services for Commercial Rodent Control
Rodent control for homes or commercial businesses is typically best left to professionals. If you notice any signs of rats or mice in your business, contact the professionals at Pied Piper Pest Control Services. Contact us today to learn how we can help protect your business from rodent infestations.