Andy Woolworth: Hi! I'm Andy Woolworth with Victor. Today, I'm showing you how to effectively rodent-proof your home.
Now I'm going to discuss proper indoor and outdoor prevention. Indoor prevention begins with avoiding the creation of an environment in which rodents thrive. It is important to take the necessary precautions indoors to prevent rodents from ever entering your home.
Rodents must have adequate food and shelter in order to live and thrive. Remove all these two factors is the best way to prevent rodent problems. Denying rodents food sources can be done by cleaning areas under stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, keeping countertops clear of food, not leaving glasses of water out overnight, and storing dry food, pet food, and bird seed in sealed containers, and cleaning pet bowls at night.
Denying rodents proper shelter is also a key. This can be done by keeping storage areas free of clutter, rodent-proofing hard to access areas that tend to be neglected and storing supplies and various materials off the floor.
Ideally, you can control rodents by making it impossible for them to gain entry to your home. However, it maybe difficult to exclude mice completely, since they can pass through a quarter of an inch opening, approximately the size of a dime. Rats can squeeze through a half inch opening or the size of a nickel. Any of these possible rodent access points must be inspected.
Some tips to remove rodent access points include repair all holes and cracks in foundations, walls and basements. Equip doors and windows with fine mesh, well maintained screens. Cap your chimneys. Make sure seals around all exterior lines leading through walls are tight. Cover vents with metal grillwork and rust resistant screening.
Don't forget about maintaining the outdoors as well. Some tips include properly maintaining landscaping, by trimming any overgrown vegetation and shrubbery around ground underneath. Remove any debris including rock piles or old yard equipment. Make certain garage doors are leveled and sealed. Elevate lumber and firewood at least 18 inches from the ground, and store as far away from your home as possible. Always clean your grill after use.
Keeping a clean, uncluttered landscaping reduces rodent's ability to breathe and live safe from predators and harsh weather conditions. Keeping these simple prevention steps in mind will steer rodents clear from your home.