A Guide To Protecting Your Dallas Home From Rodents
On a day-to-day basis, you protect your home from many things. You protect it against thieves looking to rob you, you protect it against invaders that might want to harm your family, and you protect it against the occasional bug that freaks out your spouse or children. These, of course, are not the only threats you need to worry about. Rodents are another invader your home needs protection from. Why? Let us explain.
Why Rodents Are A Threat
If rodents are safe enough to have as pets, how could they be dangerous pests? You see, the difference between a pet rodent and a pest rodent is great. In one situation, the rodent or rodents are kept in a cage, a cage that is regularly cleaned, and they are given only safe foods bought from the store or gathered from a garden. On the other hand, rodents are allowed free roam. They can go wherever they want and eat whatever they choose. This often leads to some bad decisions. Wild rodents often dig through trash, eat dead carcasses, and just generally eat things they shouldn’t. Doing this, they can pick up some serious diseases and parasites--diseases, and parasites that can spread through your home to your family and pets.
Rodents can also pick up fleas and ticks when outside of your home. Once inside, these smaller pests hop off and look for harborage on your indoor pets. If you didn’t know, fleas and ticks come with their own list of diseases including Lyme disease and plague.
Finally, rodents are destructive. Equipped with extremely sharp and strong teeth rodents can chew through practically anything. A wall? No problem. Lead? With enough motivation, sure. Electrical wiring? Of course, even if it kills them. A general rule is, if something is between a rodent and where it wants to be, it will try to chew through it. This can lead to electrical fires and water damage within homes.
How To Make Your Home Less Attractive To Rodents
In the war against rodents, the best thing you can do is remove your home from their list of potential living opportunities. The less it has to offer, the better. Here are some practical ways you can reduce your home’s allure for rodents.
- Pick up your pets' food and water bowls before you go to sleep.
- Clean up dropped fruit from your yard and make sure not to leave a mess after cookouts.
- Clean debris from your yard to reduce harborage opportunities.
- Be careful not to leave any food on countertops or kitchen tables where rodents can easily gain access to them.
- Make sure your trashcans are all tightly sealed.
- Store leftovers inside plastic or metal containers.
- Clean, clean, and clean some more. Even a few crumbs or remnants of food in a forgotten corner are enough to encourage rodents to stick around if they get inside. Don’t forget to clean under kitchen appliances, as these areas are easily forgotten.
- Make sure pet food and bird feed are stored properly when not being used.
How To Make Your Home Less Accessible To Rodents
One other way you can protect your home against rodents is by making sure it provides them with no easy way inside. Here are some great ways you can do this.
- Trim back tree branches from the walls of your home. Rodents such as squirrels, mice, and roof rats can use these as bridges to get onto your roof to look for a way inside.
- Replace broken weather stripping and missing mortar.
- Make sure your eaves and roofline are in good repair.
- Repair or replace ripped or torn screens.
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
- Use a caulking gun and wire mesh to seal any openings in your home’s exterior foundation.
How To Get Rid Of Rodents If They Get Inside
Most often getting rid of rodents is much more difficult than keeping them away in the first place. If your home has been invaded by disease-spreading, destructive rodents, the experts here at Cantu Pest & Termite are here to help. Our specialists are trained to deal with rodent infestations of all sizes and would be happy to take care of your problems for you.
Our mission is to keep you safe from pests. Let us do what we do best. Give us a call today to learn more about our rodent control methods or to schedule an inspection or service visit for your Dallas home.