Nobody likes the thought of uninvited critters sneaking into their home, leaving mess, eating food and chewing through power cables! They can quickly become a real nuisance, not to mention the health problems that are associated with such infestations. Some time spent preventing vermin could save you a lot of hassle as once you have an infestation, it’s very difficult to get rid of it. Here are some useful ideas to keep your home safe from unwelcome visitors:
#1 Use UV
If you suspect that your home has visitors such as rats or mice, think about buying a UV flashlight which is perfect for identifying urine, droppings and any gnawing that might have been happening. If you’ve heard scratching in the attic or the walls, make sure you have a thorough look around so you can establish if you do, indeed, have a problem.
#2 Go on a hunt
It’s important to find the entrance being used to get into your property, so go on a hunt around your entire home, including all nooks and crannies. Inspect your foundations and any holes or gaps that you find will need to be filled in straight away. Mice can squeeze tiny gaps so be sure you don’t overlook any tiny gaps.
#3 Doors and Windows
Mice and rats will happily use any gap they can to get into your warm, comfy home so make sure you also check window and door seals. You may need to replace any worn weather stripping that could be presenting an easy way to wriggle through.
#4 In the yard
Rats are good climbers so take a walk around the outside of your property and see if there are any overhanging branches that touch the house or hedges against an exterior wall. Mice will use hedges as shelter and if they are touching your home, you could be giving them easy access to any gaps in your foundations. Trim back any vegetation that touches your house to lessen the chances for opportune critters.
#5 Up on the Roof
If it’s safe to do so, it’s important to check out the state of your roof, particularly if you’ve been hearing scurrying in the attic. Check the edges of your roof, possibly the weakest point for gaining entry. Brick up any holes and replace any missing or damaged shingles. Be careful not to block any ventilation vents or you may cause problems within your home. You’ll need to ensure that any chimney is capped to stop animals getting in.
Vertical pipes on your home provide perfect pathways into your property for rats. Rats are good climbers so you might need use a high gloss paint to add a thick band around the pipe to prevent them from being able to scale the pipe. Special rodent guards are also available to place around your pipes.
Be meticulous about clearing away any waste food from outside in the garbage and inside the home too. If you have pets, make sure you clean away leftover food from their bowls and don’t leave it to entice other critters from popping in for lunch! Lidded trash cans are the best solution, both inside and out and make sure they aren’t left to overflow.
Bleach is the best cleaning fluid for use on urine and feces as it effectively removes any pheromones. It’s these pheromones that can attract even more furry creatures. It’s essential to wear a mask and gloves during this process and to target their nesting area and entrance point.
If your issue is more of the eight-legged variety then the first thing to do is vacuum your whole home to remove webs and spiders. Spiders love warm, dark and secluded spots so be sure to reach every nook and cranny. You may need to vacuum behind furniture, around window sills and doors.
During the summer, these little pests can become a real nuisance and invade just about every corner of your property. Ants will not cross a line of black pepper or clove oil so spend some time laying down lines where you want to stop ants entering your home. Be aware of children and pets if you choose to try this method.
#11 Call in a Pro
If you’re not sure how to deal with a problem then the best advice is always to call in a professional pest controller rather than attempt to deal with it on your own. You will likely receive a much quicker resolution if you ask a professional for help.
Don’t make your home a pest’s paradise and keep areas free of clutter. Don’t store old mattresses or comfy furniture in your attic where critters can make a nest. Keep your yard clear of places to hide, nest or feed. Clear away food and keep all trash in a lidded container.