There are pest issues, and then there are pest problems. We like to consider pest issues to be any time someone has an uncomfortable experience with a creature. One great example of this is finding ants crawling over your living room table while you are trying to enjoy a good movie.
On the other hand, pest problems are any time a pest causes more issues than just being annoying. Take rodents, for example. These furry pests invade homes, destroy property, threaten homeowners with diseases, and are all around problematic creatures. To help you combat rodents around your Denver property, here are five prevention tips to use today.
Tip#1: Keep Things Clean
Rodents thrive in dirty environments. Cluttered rooms provide these pests with places to hide, food spills allow them to stay well-fed, and left-out beverages are a good way to keep hydrated. To ensure your living areas are not providing rodents with their necessities, do your best to keep things clean.
We recommend deep cleaning your home once every season, giving things a thorough wash down once a week, and addressing drinks spills and food messes when they happen. In addition to these things, keep your outdoor and indoor living areas tidy. This will reduce rodent harborage opportunities and, in turn, deter them from settling down inside your home.
Tip#2: Seal Off Entry Points
There are many ways rodents find their way into living areas. To make sure these pests are staying outside of your home, here are some exclusion tips to try today:
Purchase some high-quality silicone caulk and a caulking gun. Use this tool to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and spacing around window/door frames and utility piping/wires.
Invest in door sweeps for exterior doors around your home and repair ones you have that are damaged.
Make sure all windows and doors have weatherstripping.
When you are not using them, keep windows and doors shut, including second and third-story windows.
Repair damage to your home’s exterior.
Make sure your chimney has a rodent-proof cap.
Tip#3: Store Food Properly
Rodents do not just eat trash and food found on floors. They will also snack on fruit baskets, candy bowls, and other left-out delicacies. To limit a rodent from finding food inside your home, package leftovers and food stored in cardboard boxes or plastic bags into plastic, glass, or metal containers. Do the same for candy, fruit, and other items you want to leave on your countertops. Finally, clean out your pet’s food bowls after finishing a meal and storing their food inside a tough container.
Tip#4: Address Moisture Issues
All rodents need water to survive. To limit their access to moisture, fix leaky piping and fixtures around your home, wipe down sinks and tubs before going to bed, eliminate sources of water build-up around your property, and make sure your gutters are in good working condition.
Tip#5: Call A Professional
Many difficulties and complications can arise with do-it-yourself (DIY) rodent control. If you are trying to remove an infestation of these pests from your living areas or are looking for a simpler way to keep these pests out of your home, consider calling in a professional. For professional residential pest control services you can trust, let the experts at Empire Pest Defense come to your aid. We work long and hard to provide quick and effective control options to deal with rodents before and after they invade properties.
Call us today for more details and schedule your Denver property for a service visit. We also offer commercial pest control for Denver businesses.