A Practical Guide To Rodent Prevention For Bradenton Homeowners

Rodents can present serious issues when they get into your Bradenton home. Mice and rats carry fleas and ticks, which are able to spread extremely harmful diseases. As mice and rats move from room to room and floor to floor, they can spread these parasites around. But fleas and ticks aren't the only organisms they can carry on their bodies. Mice and rats expose themselves to harmful bacteria and parasitic worms as they climb around in dumpsters, trash cans, sewer pipes, culvert systems and more. When they get into your home, they can spread these organisms to food stored in packages, plates, silverware, cutting boards, and more.
If all this isn't enough reason for you to want to keep rodents out of your home, they're also known to chew on a wide range of things. They'll chew holes to get into your home, creating access points for other pests, and pathways for rainwater. They'll chew items stored in your attic spaces. They'll chew holes through baseboards and sheetrock to create a path to food in your pantry or kitchen. They're also known to chew on wiring, which can cause a fire. These are only some of the many ways rodents can be a threat to health and property. Prevention is key. Here is a quick, practical guide to help you keep rodents out of your home.

Reduce Clutter

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It is important to understand the role clutter plays in the life of a mouse or rat. While they have different reasons for loving clutter, the removal of unnecessary items in your yard, or near your home, can have an impact on both.
Mice — A mouse will use clutter as a hiding place. They are skittish creatures. As a mouse moves through your yard, it will hide under items in your yard. Remove these items, and mice won't feel nearly as safe moving around on your property.
Rats — Rats aren't as timid as mice. They are robust animals that do quite well at fending off predators, including cats. They don't need clutter to hide in. But Norway rats have a propensity for establishing ground burrows underneath piles. If you have a pile of items in your yard, it will be a magnet for these brown rats.

Food Sources

There are many things that mice and rats eat. You can probably guess some of them. But there are a few that might surprise you.
Mice — Are you aware that mice love birdseed? It's true. Their preferred food is seeds. If you have bird feeders near your home, the seeds that fall to the ground can be a strong attractant for mice.
Rats — Rats subsist on a wide variety of foods. They are considered to be opportunistic feeders. They'll nibble on food in a trash can, pet food left outside in a bowl, fruits, grains, vegetables, tubers, and bugs. That last one is probably the most important of all. The more bugs you have around your home, the more rat activity you're likely to have.

Entry Points

When mice and rats come near your home and explore for food and water resources, they may try to get in. Your goal should be to not make it easy for them. While mice and rats can chew a hole to get into your home, they'll use available entry points.

Some ways rodents get in:

  • They squeeze through tiny gaps in weatherstripping or door sweeps. Repair or replace damaged or missing weatherstripping or door sweeps.
  • They scramble through gaps around pipes. Use a caulking gun to fill these gaps in.
  • They chew through decaying wood. Address any moisture conditions that promote wood rot.
  • They wiggle up downspouts and gain access to vulnerabilities in soffits and seals around roof penetrations. Put wire mesh in downspouts to keep them out.
  • They run across tree branches to get to roof vulnerabilities. Trim tree branches.

The Best Solution For Rodents

Mice and rats can be persistent. Even if you take steps to keep them out of your home, they can find ways inside. If they do (or before they do) reach out to Keller's Pest Control. Our licensed professionals used advanced technologies and modern control methods to eliminate rodents from Bradenton homes. We also offer ongoing rodent control that includes inspections, exclusions, and trapping. This program comes with a yearly, renewable warranty. If rodents ever find a way into your home, we come back between visits and make sure they're taken care of immediately. Reach out to us today to schedule a free inspection to get started.