In this post, we list ways you can help keep mice and rats away from your home.
No one likes to have a mouse in the house. Even worse is if you have a rat on your property.
Rodents outdoors are one thing, but if they find a way into your home, that can be a problem.
If you can help keep them away from your property, it will make it less likely they will find their way into your home.
Continue reading for tips to help keep mice, rats, and rodents away from your home.
How to keep rodents away
- Don’t leave your garage door open.
- Don’t store pet for bird food in the garage.
- Don’t leave pet food in bowls outdoors.
- Keep your garbage in cans with secure lids.
- Stack firewood far away from your home.
- Remove trash piles, wood or leaf, and brush piles.
- Don’t have landscaping too close to your home.
- Clean up spilled pet food or bird food.
- Pick up pet droppings in your yard.
- Remove water sources on your property.
- Inspect your home exterior and patch holes.
- Keep food in containers and sweep up spilled food.
- Keep your home clean. Piles are attractive homes to rodents.
- Pick fruits and vegetables from your garden as soon as they are ripe.
We do NOT recommend using poisons to keep mice and rats away from your home. Using poisons often creates other unintended problems, and can often kill other animals you didn’t intend to kill.
What attracts mice and rodents?
The things that attract mice to your property or home are the things they need to survive: food, water, and shelter.
By working to minimize their access to what they need to survive, you’ll give them fewer reasons to try and move in.
Remove food sources
Try to remove food sources for rodents.
- Bird food
- Unsecured garbage cans
- Dog droppings not cleaned up
- Food scraps and crumbs in kitchens
- Easy access to food on counters
- Seal your air conditioner lines
- Fruit and vegetables rotting in garden or yard
Keeping your home and property clean and free from easily accessible food sources is the biggest thing you can do to keep mice and rats away.
A lot of their food sources come from places you might not suspect are a big problem. Keeping your kitchen clean and securing your garbage cans should be obvious, even if we can’t always clean up.
You might not realize though that leaving out pet food, especially outside can attract rodents. Letting fruit or vegetables rot in your garden or yard can attract many pests, not just rodents but also raccoons and skunks. You may not realize that rats enjoy feasting on dog droppings. This can actually be a major source of food for them.
Don’t give them shelter to build nests
Keeping your home, garage, shed, and yard clutter-free will take away places for rodents to hide and nest.
- Clean up piles of clothing, newspapers, scrap wood, and clutter in your home, attic, and basement.
- Keep your lawn mowed.
- Remove wood piles, stacks of brush and leaves if possible.
- Keep wood piles a few inches off the ground and away from your foundation.
- Don’t plant dense landscaping near your foundation.
Close rodent entry points to your home
To help keep mice out of your home, make sure you close all the common entry points where they are likely to enter. A mouse can fit through a very tiny opening, so all small holes must be filled.
- Inspect your roof and siding for possible access points.
- Inspect crawl spaces under the house.
- Patch all holes with steel wool, copper mesh, or hardware cloth and then fill them with a patching compound. This will discourage rats from chewing a hole in the same location.
- Caulk around pipes and wiring where these materials enter the home.
- Make sure your dryer vent has a screen to stop rodents from entering through there.
Related: How do animals get into your home?
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