Unless you have a mouse or rat as a pet, you likely don’t want rodents in your home. However, just because you don’t want them in your home, that doesn’t mean you want anything bad to happen to them.
In one year, a female mouse may have five to 10 litters of usually five or six young each. So, can you imagine all of those mice making a house in your home? Some pest control options out there only use chemicals to ward off rodents. While these chemicals can be extremely effective, many home and business owners are interested in alternative options. If you aren’t looking for potentially dangerous substances that could cause collateral damage to your pets, there are some alternatives to protecting your home from rodents. Let’s take a look at how you can protect your your home from rodents using poison-free solutions.
Avoid Feeding Birds
While you may like the idea of having a bird feeder near your home, birds aren’t always the cleanest eaters. In fact, they’re pretty messy and get food all over the place. The fallen food is a perfect meal for those rodents who are searching for something free and accessible. They will stick around until more food is dropped, or will keep coming back. Other wildlife is prone to devouring this food as well, so you don’t only have rodents to worry about when you’re trying to feed the birds.
Keep Your Air Conditioner Lines Sealed
An open air conditioner line is the perfect entrance for a rodent to sneak in through. While the holes may seem small, rodents are often smaller than that. They can squeeze through that hole to get inside and out of the cooler weather. It’s best practice to make sure that the line gaps that are about the size of a dime or larger are sealed.
Don’t Over Landscape
As hard as it might seem, do your best to not over landscape. Even though it might seem beautiful to us, it’s the perfect place for a pest to move into and from a home. They will stay there to get away from the weather or other elements, and if the landscaping is in abundance, there’s a chance you might not even know they’re there.
Don’t Keep Dog Food or Any Other Food In Your Garage or Porch Area
Yes, it might seem like a good idea to leave dog food out in your garage. However, once a rodent smells the odor of the food, they’re going to come running. You might have the food stored away in a metal can with a lid, but the mice don’t know it’s in a container until they’re already in your garage.
No one wants mice or rats in their home, unless, of course, they’re pets. However, for those who want to avoid them in a safe way, follow the tips listed above to ensure easy rodent control. Doing these things will also prevent you from having to call pest control services or rodent control services.