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Rodent Prevention Tips Summer is the time to kick back, relax, and spend time with friends and family; unfortunately, rodents won’t be taking any time off for the season. Even when the fall and winter months come to an end, these critters still have to search for food, water, and shelter. Here are some rodent prevention tips that will keep your home safe while you enjoy the season.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Cleanliness might seem like obvious suggestion, but this is one of the most effective and overlooked ways to keep pesky creatures away. Any open food is an open invitation for rodents to stop by. So, don’t leave dirty dishes in your sink for more than 24 hours and always put leftovers and pet food in storage containers.

Trash removal isn’t the only way to clean up. Make sure your garbage is kept in sealed bags or containers and remove any debris near the waste cans. Take out the trash frequently and remove bags as soon as they are full. Even cleaning your indoor garbage cans once a month can decrease the chances of infestation.

Seal Your Home

Rodents can fit through openings much smaller than their own bodies, and you can prevent these critters from creeping in by sealing the gaps and holes in your home that can be found:

  • Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators, and stoves
  • Around floor and dryer vents
  • Around doors or any entryways
  • Around pipes under sinks and washing machines

You can easily fill small holes with steel wool and caulk. However, larger holes may need to be filled or screened with cement, hardware cloth, or metal sheeting.

Maintain Your Yard

Since rodents come from outside, preventative measures should take place outside as well. This preparation includes thinning out vegetation, hedging your shrubbery, and consistently cutting your grass. It’s also important to regularly trim trees and branches near your roof, because overgrown areas are the perfect rodent hideout that can provide easy access into your home.

Know the Signs of Infestation

You probably won’t notice any sign of rodents in your home unless infestation is severe. Signs that might signal a need for pest control action include:

  • Rodent droppings around food packages
  • Chewed packaging
  • Evidence of nesting such as shredded paper, fabric, or dried plant matter
  • Unusual pet behavior
  • Damaged plants

If Rodents Are Ravaging, Call the Experts

If you’ve taken preventative measures but are still experiencing pest issues, contact our expert technicians at Critter Control® of Tampa. We can safely remove rodents and professionally seal your home to ensure that pest entry isn’t an option. Call us today at 813-328-6646 for a free initial inspection.

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