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What Is Rodent Exclusion?
Rodents are unwelcome pests that can wreak havoc in your home, causing damage to property and posing serious health risks to your family. Early intervention is key, as it’s always easier to prevent a rodent problem than to deal with one that’s already established. Whether you’re dealing with mice or rats, it’s essential to take proactive measures to keep rodents away.
Keep reading to learn how to keep rodents out of your home or business in the Florida area.
Rodent Prevention Tips
When safeguarding your home against rodents, it’s crucial to maintain a consistent focus on home cleanliness. Our recommended rodent prevention tips include:
- Maintain a Clean Home: A clean and clutter-free home is less appealing to rodents. Regularly clean and organize your living spaces, including basements, attics, and garages. Remove clutter and excess items that provide hiding spots for rodents.
- Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for potential rodent entry points. Common culprits include gaps around doors, windows, utility lines, and vents. Use caulk, weatherstripping, and steel wool to seal these openings.
- Proper Food Storage: Rodents are attracted to food sources, so it’s important to store food in airtight containers. This includes pet food. Clean up crumbs and spills immediately, and avoid leaving food out overnight.
- Avoid Moisture: Moisture in and around your home serves as a water source for rodents. To keep rodents away, it’s essential to address moisture-related issues in your basements, attics, and crawl spaces.
- Screens and Vents: Screens and vents act as a first line of defense against rodents. Repair damaged screens on doors and windows promptly.
- Outdoor Maintenance: Trim trees and shrubs away from your house and keep outdoor garbage cans sealed. Remove debris and wood piles from your yard, as these can serve as rodent hiding spots.
- Professional Exterminators: It’s best to consult with rodent control experts who can provide targeted and effective solutions. They can also advise you on long-term prevention strategies.
Rat Proofing Your Florida Property
To effectively prevent rodents, it’s important to understand how they got inside in the first place. Rats and mice are driven to infiltrate homes in pursuit of food and shelter. Their entry is typically through small crevices, gaps, or through utility lines and cable openings. Once inside your home, they will look for dark cluttered areas. Mice and rats are often found in walls, attics, and basements. Due to their remarkable skills in finding suitable places inside your home to live, it’s important to implement rodent-proofing practices into your home maintenance routines.
Long-Term Rodent Prevention
If you’ve done all you can to prevent rodents, but you continue to see the telltale signs of rat or mouse activity, it’s a clear indication that professional rodent control is needed. The skilled exterminators at Arrow Environmental Services possess the knowledge and expertise needed to effectively evict rodents from your home for good. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!