Since rats and mice use the same few entry sites repeatedly, blocking those openings should permanently rid your property of these pests.
Keeping mice and rats out of your home is easy; just take the necessary precautions, such as installing mouse traps and keeping your kitchen clean. Learn more by reading on.
How to Rat and Mouse-Proof Your Home?
As the weather becomes colder, rodent infestations are prevalent as rats and mice seek a warm haven to spend the winter. That is why you need to begin rodent-proofing immediately. Keep your home rodent-free by using these measures:
Constantly Check the Borders
Finding the entry points is the first step in rat and mouse-proofing your home. Mice can easily get access to buildings because they can fit through openings as small as 1/4 of an inch. In order to trace the origins of rodents:
- Examine the outside and inside of your home for cracks in the foundation or walls.
- Be especially vigilant near the entry points of any utilities, such as gas or sewage lines.
- Screens should be inspected for any rips or holes.
- Check for holes and damage in the insulation.
- Look for tiny stains on the ceiling and walls.
- Seal all openings, including garage doors.
Look Around Your Own Home
- After checking the outside, it is time to check the inside of your house.
- Check the area surrounding the windows and doors for drafts.
- Small cracks and crevices might provide access for rodents.
- Put up blinds over windows and check for other light leaks. Mice can enter your home through very small openings, such as a single candle.
- The mice or rats will leave a path in the flour or talcum powder, leading you directly to their nests once the lights are turned back on.
- Check beneath furniture and in unused spaces for droppings.
- Take note of any chewing or tearing that has occurred in bedding, upholstery, or wiring.
Closing vents and repairing cracks
Now that you know where the mice are coming from and where they are going, you can stop them in their tracks. Fill any holes or cracks with steel wool, contact cement, concrete, sheet metal, or caulk.
Replace worn-out rubber gaskets and screens as needed. Repair any insulation that has become damaged; fill in any holes or cracks. Avoid getting too close to any gas or electrical equipment, lines, or wires.