How to protect your home from rodents

How to protect your home from rodents

When the cold sets in, rodents like mice, rats and squirrels look for a warm place to spend the winter. No one wants to share their space with them. Most of the time, the best way to avoid problems is prevention. Here are a few tips to apply this fall to make your home less attractive to rodents. 

Inspection

It's important to inspect the exterior of the house. Indeed, mice only need a small crack to get in and make their nest. Inspect the foundation, doors, windows, air vents, chimney and roof. Seal all cracks and crevices in the foundation and around windows. Make sure no tree branch touches your house.

The yard

Make sure to clean your garden and maintain your lawn. It's important to pick up everything that's fallen to the ground, like fruits or bird seeds. Store fire wood away from the house and remove all debris in the yard. 

Storage

Make sure to organize your cabinets and storage areas properly. Avoid using cardboard boxes to store things, as rodents could use them as nests. Throw out old newspapers and store animal food and dry food in air-tight containers. Having an air-tight garbage can will prevent unwanted visitors.

Closed doors

Doors such as garage doors are sometimes left wide open. Make a habit of closing it right after you've come out or in. Never leave the shed or garage door open at night, because that's when rodents are the most active. 

Adequate products

As a means of prevention, we recommend using our PREDATOR Animal Barrier. Apply the product near the house and air vents; it will repel pests with its unpleasant taste. 

Use an ultrasound device in strategic locations, such as garages, to repel mice and rats.

Do not hesitate to use traps in the attic, suspended ceiling and basement.