No one wants any to have to deal with a rodent infestation. Rodents carry a number of diseases and can quickly wreak havoc on your home causing damage and spreading germs and bacteria through your home. Understanding what attracts them can help you prevent rodents. Here are five things that can attract rodents to your home.
One thing that will attract rodents is strong smells, like those that are in your trash can. There are a few ways that you can address the trash in and around your home. The first is inside of your home. Keep the trash in your kitchen covered at all times. Be sure to take it out each evening. This will prevent the rodents from coming in. It is just as important to be sure that the trash outside is covered and sealed tightly. This will prevent rodents from hanging out around the home.
Sealing your food will help with the smells that will attract rodents. Invest in airtight containers and put your food there instead of in the original packaging. This has the added benefit of protecting the food from other pests like cockroaches and ants that may be looking for easy access to the food.
Rodents need easy access to water. Be sure that you do not have any leaks anywhere in your home. Additionally, leaks can weaken the structure of your home, and make it easier for the rodents to chew through the floor or surrounding wall to make an easy access point to your home. It is important to regularly check on these areas to make sure that you do not have issues.
It is also important to check other areas of your home that may be giving the rodents easy access into your home. Tree limbs that are hanging over your roof, or holes in the eaves of your attic or around your foundation. Any place where wires or pipes or vents enter or exit your home can serve as an easy access point for the rodents to come into your home. Be sure to check these areas on a regular basis.
Past infestations can attract rodents to your home in a few different ways. The entry points and inside tunnels can make it easy for new rodents to find their way inside of your home. Another issue is that the smell that they leave behind with their urine and nests can attract other rodents to your home. It is important to clean up all areas that they may have been with bleach to protect yourself and your family from future infestations.