It's that time again in Mooresville, NC when people get ready to host holiday get-togethers with friends and family. Unfortunately, you might end up inviting a few unwanted guests to your home if you're not careful. Mice and rats sniff out food and invade houses during the holiday season. If you want a rodent-free home, Innovative Pest Management has a few tips to make it happen.
Keeping Rodents Out of Your Home
Perform a complete exterior inspection.
Mice, rats and other rodents get into homes through cracks and crevices, some of which go unnoticed by the homeowner. Gaps around vents and plumbing make the perfect entryways for small mice. Perform a thorough inspection around your home, and look for cracks around windows, doors, vents, and other areas where critters could get inside and wreak havoc. Seal these areas to keep out unwelcome mice and rats. It's also a good idea to check for openings inside your home that you might have missed outdoors.
Maintain your yard.
Clutter in your yard makes great hiding spots for rodent pests, including various insects that could also invade your home. Pick up and dispose of any mess in your yard, and also trim back any tree limbs or bushes that contact the exterior walls. Rodent pests could climb the branches and gain access to entryways along the roof.
Keep food sealed and trash far away.
Holiday turkey and ham smells delicious, and the savory aroma could lure mice and rats to your home from all around. It's best to keep a tight lid on food if you need to leave it on the counter. Transfer baking flour and sugar to sealed plastic containers, and always make sure to keep a lid on the trash can. If your outdoor trash bins are sitting next to your house, they could attract mice and make it easier for them to find ways inside your home. Move the bins closer to the street or farther away from the foundation to reduce the risk of an infestation.
Professional Rodent Control for Your Home
When fall and winter settle over Mooresville, NC, don't get caught with unwelcome rodents. Contact Innovative Pest Management to receive a free estimate and schedule an appointment with a qualified rodent control professional. We'll eliminate any rodents that are currently living inside your home and help prevent future infestations.