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You probably don’t want animals like rats, raccoons, and shrews anywhere near the interior of your dwelling unless you house them in an enclosure. However, many homeowners around the globe are yearly hosts to these bothersome animals, especially during cold weather.
Mice, rats, and other wildlife can seriously harm houses and structures. Their insatiable gnawing habit can damage wiring, jeopardize a building’s structural integrity, and even contribute mainly to electrical fires. Protecting your house and property from wild animals is essential because they frequently spread dangerous diseases.
You’re likely unsure how to eliminate troublesome animals if you have them in your house. Your best option may be to hire a wildlife pest control service, but this guide will also provide you with some do-it-yourself tips for getting rid of rodents and other wildlife.
Block All Potential Entry Points
You can remove rodents from your home by building wildlife out or rodent-proofing, which also prevents wildlife infestations from starting in the first place or from growing larger. By removing easy access points, you can protect your home from animals.
Keep your garden crops from rodents and wildlife by securing them in fruit cages.
It can be challenging to prevent wildlife infestation because mice can fit through even the tiniest openings (a quarter of an inch and smaller). As a general rule, a mouse may pass through any opening, crack, or hole that can accommodate a pencil.
Seal all gaps in walls and foundation holes, including those caused by utility pipelines and vents. One practical technique is to caulk or stuff metallic wool into these holes.
Steer clear of sealants made of wood, rubber, plastic, or anything else that animals can readily chew through. Ensure that the sweep on your entryway forms an airtight fit against the threshold when closed, and use weather strips to seal gaps around windows and doors.
Remove Any Food Access
If water and nourishment are easily accessible nearby, you’re more likely to draw rodents. Effectively preserving any possible food sources by removing a vital resource can help keep wildlife out of your house and ultimately prevent them from entering.
Keep any potential rodent food sources in heavy plastic or steel containers with tight-fitting lids. These materials are inaccessible to mice and rats, safeguarding your food and reducing their incentive to remain.
Make a list of every possible food source that could attract rodents to your buildings and take appropriate action. Your cupboards or food storage will have readily available food sources. Transfer grain and food packages wrapped in paper towels or thin plastic to airtight storage containers. Food-safe five-gallon buckets are a safe way to store bulk purchases of flour, sugar, rice, and other food items.
Any pet snacks or meals you keep inside could be a less apparent food source. Use garbage cans with closed lids, specially-made pet food storage containers, or vessels with lids to store large amounts of pet food. Additionally, ensure to feed your pet at the appointed times so that no food or snacks are left out all day or night.
Regular Home Maintenance and Lawn Care
It’s essential to take regular care and inspect the outside of your home to keep wild animals out. Wildlife will maximize opportunities presented by aging or severe weather because they are opportunists. To keep rodents from getting a foothold, promptly repair any damage.
Moreover, mice hide out in the vegetation, lumber piles, storage spaces, and clutter near the foundation of your house. To prevent damage to building materials and the creation of entry points, prune back any shrubs and vines near your property.
Rodents love to travel near walls rather than in open areas because it helps protect them from predators. Curious wildlife will find your foundation less appealing the more open it is.
Additionally, never forget that potential nesting locations outside your house could attract intruders to move in. Hay, wood piles, and trash cans should be elevated and placed at least 100 feet away from the building or store. You must eliminate old cars, tires, and other items from this area.
Employ Irritating Smells
Are you looking for a completely natural way to eliminate rodents? Essential oils are the most chemical-free product available. Your best bet is to use sharp, unpleasant-scented oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree. The strong scent of menthol irritates wildlife’s noses and obscures the pheromone tracks they use to get around.
Consider combining roughly ten drops of essential oil with one cup of water and then applying the resulting mixture to baseboards and door jambs. Combine this strategy with another, such as placing rodent traps, for optimal effectiveness.
Consider Natural Predators
Instinctual predators can be an excellent strategy to deter rodents from visiting your property since they are unlikely to seek refuge in a home where predatory animals are living or scouting the neighborhood.
Adopting a dog or cat is the most traditional approach you can imagine, and it works wonders to lower the rodent population. However, sending them out on a hunting expedition is probably not the best idea, as they might eat diseased animals. The smell of a cat and its waste container is sufficient to keep mice at bay.
You can control rodents outdoors of your home with hawks and barn owls, particularly while feeding their offspring. Barn owls will raise their young close to your home if you have a nesting box and live in an owl-friendly area.
Securing Your Home from Wildlife
You and your pets are protected from illness by keeping rodents and pests out of your house. Remember that you are not the only one attempting to eat and enjoy a well-equipped shelter. Thus, think about rodent- and pest-proofing your home before reaching for pesticides or cruel traps detrimental to the ecosystem and animals.
You can lessen the presence of wildlife by learning about the conditions they prefer to live in and altering your surroundings and behavior accordingly. Although you can keep mice out of your house with do-it-yourself solutions, the best way to get rid of them once in your home is to hire a professional.