Five Rodent Prevention Tips For Charlotte Residents
January 3, 2022
Rodents have been a plague on humanity for thousands of years, and house mice, deer mice, roof rats, and Norway rats are especially problematic for Charlotte homeowners. These pests aren't just nuisances, either – they can create a lot of hazardous situations in your home:
- Frayed wires
- Damaged support beams
- Holes in roof and pipes
- Food contamination from urine, feces, and saliva
- Parasites like ticks, fleas, and intestinal worms
- Diseases – hantavirus, salmonella, rat-bite fever, etc.
With the number of dangers they can bring into your home, prevention is crucial to your health and the integrity of your property. Unfortunately, rodents are some of the most challenging pests to prevent, but that doesn't make it impossible. We have five simple tips that will help you keep rodents away from your Charlotte property.
Tip Number One: Eliminating Potential Entryways
Mice and rats have a knack for squeezing through some of the smallest holes – for mice, a hole the circumference of a pen is enough, and for rats, a hole needs to be no bigger than a quarter. They also possess powerful incisors that can chew through all kinds of material, including low-gauge metal siding, but with the way their teeth curve inward, they have trouble chewing through flat, smooth surfaces. It may take a weekend or two, but with some elbow grease and determination, you should be able to minimize rodent access to your Charlotte home:
- Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks and holes – foundation, siding, door frames and window frames, roof, trim, and around pipes and wires
- Fill any existing holes with steel wool and quick-dry cement
- Use metal siding as a barrier for the foundation of your home
- Fill in any ground holes around the base of your home
- Add a two-foot-wide barrier of gravel around the exterior of your home
- Tip Number Two: Proper Food Storage
Since mice and rats are omnivores, they'll eat pretty much anything that humans and even pets eat. They also have a very keen sense of smell, so if there's any food left lying around, they'll try even harder to get inside. Proper food storage is essential for rodent prevention, and investing in airtight containers for pantry foods such as flour, sugar, beans, cereals, pastas, and snacks will reduce accessibility. Always make sure to put refrigerated foods away as well.
Tip Number Three: Thorough Cleaning
Daily life in your Charlotte home can leave a lot of crumbs and food particles scattered everywhere, especially if you have children and pets. Regular sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming will help to remedy this situation, along with wiping down countertops, food prep areas, and dining tables. Tight-fitting lids on both indoor and outdoor trash cans are equally important. Even though deep cleaning under heavy appliances and furniture isn't a monthly necessity, it should be done at least once every season change.
Tip Number Four: Clear Out Clutter
Cluttered rooms, packed closets, and untouched stored boxes are perfect places for rodents to hide. They provide shelter, nesting materials, and an abundance of things to chew on to keep their teeth filed down. Keeping your Charlotte home organized and decluttered will reduce nesting areas and make it much more likely to keep rodents away.
Tip Number Five: Your Local Pest Control Company
We know how tough it can be to keep your Charlotte home protected against rodent infestations on your own, and thankfully you don't have to. Our pest experts at Aruza Pest Control are fully equipped to handle all of your rodent prevention and extermination needs. We use natural, family-friendly pest control products in our treatments, and every treatment comes with our Aruza Guarantee. Start your year off right and get in contact with us today for more information.