As summer is coming to an end, rodents will be looking for a warm place to spend the fall and winter. It is important to rodent proof your home, not only for your safety, but also for the value of your home. If you are looking to sell your home soon, rodent proofing is essential. Nothing would ruin a home showing more than a mouse turning up! If you aren’t looking to sell you home, these tips will allow you to maintain the value of your home for the future.
Rodent refers to a family of mammals characterized by having two rows of incisor teeth (meaning sharp and pointed), which continuously grow throughout their whole lives. These sharp and ever-growing teeth are one of the reasons they are a threat. Rodents instinctively chew on things to file down their teeth and prevent injury to themselves. This poses a broad risk from electrical circuits, to wires, and even to your car. This can lead not only to damage to your property, which will need to be fixed but can also cause fires. All of these damages will make the value of your home decline and can be extremely costly to fix.
The range of diseases rodents can spread is another threat. These diseases can be spread through their droppings or the bacteria they hold on their bodies. They can spread diseases even by walking across surfaces in your home. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that you rodent-proof your home extensively to prevent the costly damage, or health concerns, that rodents can cause.
Here are some tips to help keep these pests out of your home. If you want more information about this, go here to learn more about rodent proofing your home, how to identify if you have a rodent infestation and how to take care of a rodent infestation.
Do a thorough inspection
Inspect all the walls and the foundation of your property to ensure there are no small spaces or holes that could give a rodent entry to your home.Rodents can enter even through a space as small as an inch. Seemingly tiny holes will allow rodents to get inside your home and cause countless damage to your property, that will cost a lot of money to fix. This is why it is better to prevent rodents from entering your home rather than trying to fix the damage after it is done. If you find any small holes, you should block them off using a sealant to prevent rodent entry. You can use copper mesh for this. For larger areas, you can use metal sheets or screens. These are temporary solutions to keep rodents out, if you find large gaps, you should professionally have them repaired as soon as possible.
Another often overlooked entry point is window and door sills. Ensure these are sufficiently sealed and invest in high-quality insulation in these areas. Be sure to check these often, as everyday wear and tear can quickly change the way a door or window is working. Also, be sure to check windows in childrens rooms, as they can be rough when using them.
Replace damaged material
If you have any signs of damage on your door frames or windows, replace them and inspect these regularly. It is helpful to have a schedule of when you check these so you don’t forget. We recommend the first of every month, but feel free to make a schedule that works best for you. This will also improve the quality of your home as it will keep all fixtures up-to-date and keep your energy bills down. This is a win-win situation!
Maintain outdoor landscaping
Landscaping is attractive and even increases your home's value. Having trees and shrubs around your property not only makes your home more interesting to look at, but also can provide shade to make your yard more enjoyable to spend time in during the warmer months. However, these plants can be attractive to rodents. They can make nests in these plants and access your property by climbing these. This shouldn’t stop you from having landscaping around your yard, rodents can easily be kept away with landscaping maintenance. You can prevent rodents from accessing your home through these by regularly cutting your grass and any hedges, trees, or shrubbery. Be sure you maintain anything that touches or hangs over the house provides an easy entrance. Overall, maintaining your landscaping will increase your home’s value and attractiveness as well.
Cover any pipes
Pipes that run up the exterior of your house provide an easy entrance for rodents. To prevent this, you can paint a 12” band at least three feet above the ground around the pipe, which should then be covered with glossy clear paint to stop the rodents from climbing up.This glossy band will stop the rodent from having traction, so they will not be able to climb any higher, stopping them from entering your home.
Alternatively, you can place rodent guards around the pipe, which are metal. However, this may not be as visually pleasing as the painting option, but both are effective ways to keep rodents out of your home. Be sure to inspect these yearly, usually after the winter months, to ensure nothing broke or fell off due to the colder temperatures.
Prevent food and water outside your home
Although attractive and certainly an excellent addition to a home, bird feeders and water supplies are often left in the garden toward entrances of the house. These can attract rodents. When the rodents are close to your home feeding on spilled birdseed and using the abundant water sources around your yard, they may spot a gap or open entrance, and this is how they will gain entry to your home.
If you believe you have a rodent infestation, it is best to take care of it quickly! Contact Wildlife Removal San Diego for your local rodent control needs.