Plano Homeowner's Comprehensive Guide To Rodent Prevention

2/14/2020

Winter has almost come to a close here in Plano and rodent invasions are just as common as ever. Despite many suitable living options out in the wild, our homes remain the pinnacle of premium housing for furry intruders looking for cozy places to live. This leaves Plano homeowners with a huge need, a need for rodent prevention. We have put together a comprehensive guide to help you keep rodents out of your home, and we have included a tip to ensure rodents stay out all year long. Ready to learn? Let’s jump right in.

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The Types Of Rodents You Can Expect To Invade

Here in Texas, there are only two types of rodents that commonly invade homes, rats, and mice. Squirrels have also been known to invade, but not nearly as frequently as their furry cousins. Typically it is only roof rats, Norway rats, and house mice that cause major issues for homeowners. Issues like property damage, disease, and stress-related sleep loss are all very common with rodent infestations. If you would rather not come home to holes in your walls, chewed-through cereal boxes, and pellets of fecal matter in your drawers, then you will want to take action against rodents.

What Attracts Rodents To Homes?

Rodents are attracted to homes by a number of factors. Available food sources is usually number one on their list. If they can find a way into your home’s food storage areas or have easy access to regularly dropped food scraps or leftovers, rodents are much more likely to stick around after they have invaded. Another factor that draws in rodents is available water sources. Rodents prefer when a home has moisture in areas where they can reach, but you cannot. Areas beneath sinks, around laundry rooms, and throughout basements are prime locations. Finally, rodents need places to hide inside homes. These are usually easy for rodents to find as almost all homes are built with open ceiling and wall voids. These three things will attract rodents to your home faster than anything else.

How To Prevent Rodent Infestations

Now that you know what attracts rodents to your home, let’s talk about some practical ways you can keep them out. This involves both reducing attractants and sealing off entry points rodents can use to get inside. Here are some practical ways you can do both.

  • Purchase a caulking gun and some wire mesh and use them to seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation. Keep in mind that if a hole doesn’t seem big enough for rodents, they can always chew it bigger.

  • Trim back tree branches and bushes from the exterior of your home.

  • Pick up dropped fruit in your yard as it falls.

  • Clean up pet food and water bowls before going to bed at night.

  • Keep your home clean and make sure to pick up food messes as they happen.

  • Store leftover foods and repackage food stored in cardboard boxes inside sealed plastic, metal, or glass containers.

  • Make sure your interior and exterior trashcans have tight-fitting lids.

  • Fix leaks and moisture issues around your home.

When To Call The Professionals

All of the above steps can make your home less attractive to rodents. They are not, however, a 100% effective method for keeping rodents out of your home. If rodents still find their way into your home, we have fast and efficient rodent elimination services here at Around The Block Pest Control. 
 
You do not have to live with the danger and destruction of rodents. Give us a call today if you have any questions or would like to schedule rodent control services for your Plano home.

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