How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home

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As overnight temperatures drop into the low 40s this month, your Arizona home could become a winter refuge for mice, rats, or other rodents.

As nights turn colder, rodents look for warm, food-filled indoor spaces to survive the winter. Mice and rats are small enough to squeeze through holes where pipes and vents enter your home, into foundation cracks, and under loose siding.

Once inside, they build nests and chew wood, wiring, and cardboard. They multiply, invade your food pantry, and spread disease.

You can try a do-it-yourself approach to ejecting these animals, but the task requires vigilance, an understanding of rodent behavior, and patience. The best solution for your Mesa home is professional pest control services.

At Bucksworth Services, our priority is protecting your health and safety. We know how pests behave, where they hide, and how to get rid of them quickly to restore health, safety, and peace of mind.

Our pros have dealt with insects, arachnids, mammals, and reptiles throughout the state over the past 15 years. We provide service within 24 hours of every service call we receive.

Keeping Rodents Away

The best way to deal with rodents is to keep them out of your home and garage. Here are a few tips:

  • Repair any holes or cracks in your foundation that might serve as an entrance for rodents. Look for openings where pipes or wires go through walls, vents that might be stuck open, and around doors and windows. Stuff small holes with steel wool before sealing.
  • Keep your garage door closed. Be sure it fits tightly without leaving gaps. The weather seal under the door should be in good shape.
  • Rodents will eat the seeds that fall from your bird feeder. If you want to continue feeding the birds, move their feeder far from your home. The same goes for a firewood pile. Wood logs give cover to mice and rats from predators. If you no longer use a fireplace or firepit, remove the wood. If you want to maintain a firewood stack, move it 100 feet away from your home and place it on a platform off the ground.
  • Trim shrubs and clean up weeds and branches from your yard.
  • Close garbage cans. Place them away from your home. Be sure the lids are tight.
  • Invest in an owl house and secure it to a tall post installed in the ground.
  • Peppermint oil can help repel mice. Spray it in areas where mice might enter your home. Reapply it a few times a week.

Rodent Signs

If you hear sounds above your ceiling, check your attic. Insulation can provide a warm home for mice or rats.

Scratching and rustling sounds in your walls may indicate rodent movement. If your dog sniffs the area repeatedly or your cat seems mesmerized by the sounds, you may have unwanted visitors between the walls of your Mesa home. 

Look for signs of scratching and chewing throughout the house. You might find pet food bags and food boxes with holes. Check the garage for signs of gnawing on grass seed bags. Wood shavings in an empty cabinet or desk drawer may indicate chewing and nesting material.

Place dry foods, including pet food, in tightly sealed containers to eliminate feeding sources. Remove crumbs from the floor, the countertop, and the kitchen sink. Empty food from pet bowls after feeding.

Disinfect areas that show signs of scratching, paw prints, chewing, feces, or urine.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions against sweeping or vacuuming feces and nesting materials. It recommends you use a household disinfectant or solution of one part bleach to 9 parts water. Wearing plastic or rubber gloves, spray the solution and wait five minutes before using paper towels to wipe up the droppings. Toss the towel into an outdoor garbage can.

Get Professional Help

The longer you wait to address a rodent issue, the more opportunities the pests have to reproduce and sicken your Mesa, AZ, household with a deadly disease. Call Bucksworth Services today at 480-422-8388 or request service online and take control of your pest situation.

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