Don’t Let Rodents Overwinter in Your Home
PUBLISHED ON November 11th, 2015
Like any big city, Portland, OR, has more than its fair share of rodents. With all the enticing thrown-away food available, mice and rats have every reason to spend their winters in your neighborhood. Rodents are a serious public health risk for a variety of reasons. Their feces and urine can contaminate food and water stores. They’re known for spreading a variety of illnesses that affect humans, and even the fleas and mites infesting them can bring disease into your home. Besides making you sick, they can do serious structural damage by gnawing their way through wires and building materials in unattended areas. Rodent control measures are essential for keeping your home and family safe. The following tips from Eden Pest Control can help you prevent rodents from making your home their winter resort.
Winter Rodent Control Tips
- Remove all garbage and food waste from your home promptly. The smell of these items will attract rodents.
- Try to avoid allowing dirty dishes to sit in your dishwasher for long periods of time.
- Keep food items in tightly sealed storage containers; this includes bird seed and dry pet food. Clean counters regularly to remove food spills and crumbs.
- Always rinse your recyclable bottles and cans to remove sugary residue.
- Hide, seal or remove any potential nesting materials such as newspapers, cotton batting or loosely woven fabric items.
- Repair or patch small holes that rodents could use to gain access to your home. Check your attic, basement and crawlspace for potential entry points. Block holes in water pipes with pieces of steel wool.
- Keep your gutters and overhangs clean and clear. Rodents and other pests love to build nests in them.
- Store leaves, moss and other types of yard waste away from the sides of your home.
- Keep household clutter under control. A tidy home offers rodents fewer opportunities to go unnoticed.
- Try using natural rodent repellents. Although they’ll eat almost anything, there are some fragrances and flavors that rodents actually hate; these include peppermint, cloves, cinnamon, ammonia, citronella and cayenne pepper. Soak cotton balls with essential oils or ammonia, and place them in areas where you’ve seen signs of rodent activity. You can also make dry sachets for drawers and closets, or use an oil diffuser to disperse the scent.
Let Eden’s Rodent Removal Specialists Protect Your Home
If your valiant effort to drive away rodents isn’t enough, call the rodent removal experts Portland, OR, residents and business owners trust. Our experts will develop an integrated, customized rodent control plan to meet your home’s unique needs. Don’t let rats or mice overwinter in your personal space. Contact us today.