How to Protect Your Home from Rodents: Information for Homeowners

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Rodents are a big problem in many homes. They can cause damage to your home, they can carry diseases, and they're just downright gross. Luckily, there are steps you can take to protect your home from rodents. This blog will give you tips on how to keep these pests out of your house!

What causes rodents in your house?

Rodents are everywhere, and they'll make their way into your home if you give them the opportunity. That's why Deans is here to help you get rid of rodents in your home. In many cases, rodents will try to get inside your house because it provides a warm place during the winter months or a cool place in the summer months. If there's food around - like birdseed from feeders outside of your window - then this can draw them in as it is a source of food for them. Other factors include:

  • Cracks and holes in your home that they can easily sneak through and gain access to your house.
  • Your home is close to other homes that are infested with rodents. This means they are making their way through your yard and into the home you're living in.
  • Rodents will naturally live near humans, as we provide them with food (leftovers) and shelter (basements). If there is a place that offers both of these then this increases the chances that rodents may be residing on or around it. 
  • Any standing water around your yard will attract them. 

What are signs of a rodent infestation?

  • If you hear noises in your walls or ceiling during the night, this is a good indication that there are rodents hiding somewhere inside.
  • You will find droppings around these areas which can be identified by their size and shape (smaller than peas) as well as where they're found (usually near food sources). 
  • If you see gnaw marks on your furniture or food boxes this is a clear sign they are in your home and looking for food.

What should you do if a rodent problem is identified?

The first thing homeowners will want to do is determine where the rodents are coming from and how many there might be. There are a few different ways that you can go about getting rid of them, but the best and most effective way is with a professional rodent control company. Other ways include:

  • Glue traps
  • Snap traps
  • Buckets of water that they will fall into and won't be able to escape
  • Baiting systems

Where do rodents live in your house?

Rodents are small animals with big teeth, so they need a lot of space to burrow and make nests. If you keep finding droppings around the basement or other rooms in your home - like under the stove - it's possible that rodents have taken up residence there. 

What rodents can live in your house?

Any rodent can make your home their own. However, the most common that we see in Central Florida are:

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels

What scents will keep rats away?

Many homeowners have tried using scents like peppermint to keep mice and rats away. The truth is, it doesn't work very well. What does seem to do the trick is planting red cedar trees around your home. Not only will these plants drive rodents away, but they'll also give off a lovely scent!

How can you get rid of rodents?

It's important to take the right steps in getting rid of your rodent problem, but it takes time. Don't try and use DIY methods for pest control because they may not be effective or safe - there could be harmful chemicals and possible electrical hazards. Instead, call a professional to handle the problem.

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