Spring is here. It's time for those furry little creatures to start making a beeline for your home. Those furry little creatures being mice and rats. You might not realize this, but spring and summer are notorious for increased rodent activity. The last thing you want to do is spend the summer with uninvited guests living in your home. In addition to hiring a pest control company to provide professional treatment during the warmer months, here are three steps you can take to keep the mice and rats away from your home.
Don't Provide Hiding Places Around Your Home
When mice and rats come to visit, they usually hang around outside for a while. If you have hiding places around your home, they're going to take advantage of them. To avoid that, you should try to keep your yard free of those hiding places. First, clear away any weeds that might be growing up against your home. Next, get rid of any boxes that are in your yard. Finally, make sure you keep your lawn mowed during the warmer seasons. You might not know this, but mice and rats can use tall grass to hide in.
Keep Screens on Your Doors and Windows
If you don't have screens on your doors and windows, you need to invest in those as soon as possible. This is particularly true if you plan on having them open during the spring and summer. Leaving your doors and windows open, without screens, provides the perfect opportunity for mice and rats to scurry into your home. Not only that, but you're also inviting flies, mosquitoes, bees, and other pests into your home. To avoid that problem, be sure to have screens on all your doors and windows. If you do have screens, but they have small tears in them, now's the time to repair them. Pests can squeeze right through small tears in your screens.
Don't Store Open Bags of Pet Food
If you have pets, now's the time to put a lid on the pet food. Opened bags of food, whether it's for dogs, cats, or other animals, will attract pests from all around the neighborhood. To prevent that, you should always store your pet food in airtight containers. It's also a good idea to feed your dogs and cats inside the house. That way, you don't have bowls of food and water outside for the mice and rats to enjoy.
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