Pest control technician inspecting home. Pioneer Pest Management serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about 10 ways to rodent-proof your home.

Pest control technician inspecting home. Pioneer Pest Management serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about 10 ways to rodent-proof your home.

Having a rodent infestation is no fun. Rodents can spread disease, contaminate food, and damage your home and your belongings. And once you have a rodent infestation, it can be quite difficult to eliminate. So it’s best to prevent an infestation before it happens.

Below are 10 steps you can take to rodent-proof your home and help prevent a rodent infestation. You’ll first want to begin by walking around the perimeter of your home. Take note of any structural deficiencies, scratch marks or gnaw marks.

1.Ensure Entry Points are Properly Sealed

Seal windows and doors, by applying weather stripping to them. Rodents can squeeze underneath your garage door, so ensure the seal is in great shape. To add extra protection, you can apply a rodent guard to the seal. The metal device helps keep rodents from chewing through any weather stripping you have applied to your garage door.

2. Seal Small Gaps & Cracks

Since rodents can enter your home through the smallest of holes, you’ll want to apply silicone-based caulk around spigots, dryer vents, near utility lines, and anywhere there are openings that lead into your home from the outside. And don’t forget chimneys. You can apply a chimney cap to your chimney to help prevent rodents (as well as birds and bats) from entering.

3. Seal Your Crawl Space

If you have a crawlspace, you’ll want to make sure all vent holes are properly covered. This will help prevent rodents from gaining access to your home through the crawlspace. If you notice gnaw marks on vent covers, you may want to replace the covers with new ones.

4. Don’t Feed Birds or Squirrels

Rodents love seeds and if you have a feeder in your yard, it may potentially attract rodents. If you must have a feeder, we recommend you keep it away from your home.

5. Store Dry Food in Airtight Containers

It’s not uncommon for rodents to make their way into sugar, flour or other foods kept in paper bags or cardboard cartons. So keep these dry food products in tightly-sealed containers. If you have pets, transfer and store their dry food into airtight containers.

6. Keep Trash Cans Sealed

Trash cans placed near your home or garage will attract rodents and other wildlife pests including raccoons. Keep tight-fitting lids on trash bins and clean out regularly. Store bins outdoors away from home to deter rodents.

7. Pick Up Fallen Fruit

If you have fruit trees on your property, make sure to pick up any fallen fruit and throw it away. Rodents are known to eat anything, but they especially love fruit!

8. Keep Vegetation Under Control

Don’t allow shrubs, trees, or grass to grow out of control. Rats and mice use vegetation as harborages as they look for entry holes in your home’s foundation or walls. Keep tree branches trimmed back from roofline and keep shrubbery trimmed back away from home.

9. Clean Up Debris

In addition to vegetation, rodents also favor woodpiles, rock piles, straw piles, and abandoned equipment. Clean up any debris on your property, and store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home, stacked at least 2 feet off the ground.

10. Maintain Cleanliness

Water and food scraps are inviting to rodents and other pests. Practice good housekeeping by keeping your counters and floors clean. If you have pets, never leave their uneaten food out, even if they are an outdoor pet.

Professional Rodent Removal

By taking these preventive measures, you can rodent-proof your home in just a few hours. If you’ve tried these steps or you already have a rodent infestation, you’ll want to seek the advice of a qualified pest management company. They have the skills and tools to properly remove a rodent issue for good.