There are only a few more terrifying sights in this world then when you have seen a rat or a mouse in your home. Your mind immediately springs to a multitude of questions, the main one being “where did it come from?”. Followed immediately by “how do I get rid of it?”. If you’ve ever wondered how these rodents find their way into your home, then use this guide to discover what draws them to your space.
Rodents are clever and certainly don’t like to roam freely. Instead, they look for familiar, dark, and safe areas with access to food. Easily-accessible homes are particularly vulnerable. If you have easily accessible areas, such as basements or roof openings, consider taking rodent control measures to deter these pests from entering your home.
It is important to assess your home thoroughly. Rodents such as rats and mice can squeeze through even the smallest gap, so be on the lookout for the tiniest of entry points. Plug gaps where you can, and always consider placing deterrents wherever you think there may be a rodent who is unwelcome in your home.
Rodents are scavengers and will smell out a free meal from a good distance away. When it comes to recycling or throwing away your food scraps, make sure it is done in a sealed container or bin. Leaving food trails or scraps around your property can attract any number of rodents.
Attracting them is one thing, but if they develop a sense for a free buffet at your home, you could quickly be trying to deal with an infestation. Even pet food can be at danger, if you tend to leave Fido’s food out overnight, consider placing it in an airtight container inside the home until morning.
Even rodents enjoy the more polished lifestyle. This includes a diet of fresh fruit and vegetables from the local grocer, or in this case, your garden. If allowed, rodents will find your garden delectables and quickly establish themselves a new food source.
When planting fruits and vegetables in your garden, make sure they are protected from rodents with a garden shield or cage. If you have fruit trees, be sure not to leave fallen fruit on the ground for rodents to feast on. If you aren’t careful, they will take your fallen fruit and set up a nice new retreat in the attic or basement while they are at it.
Friends in the neighbourhood
If you hear your neighbours talking about a rodent visitor or visitors, then consider doing a thorough check of your own home. Rodents love familiarity, so chances are if they have friends in the neighbourhood, your home may be the next visit. Check for the signs in your home if you ever hear the neighbours talking about a rat or mouse in their homes. The best way to stop an infestation is to be proactive and follow the steps above.
If we are all being honest, rodents are the last guest you ever want. It can be a terrifying experience to stumble upon an unwanted visitor in your home. Being proactive is the best way to avoiding that happening. Use this simple guide to make sure you understand what attracts rodents to your home and how to avoid them.