Having unwanted pests and rodents in your house can be a major problem. You will have to deal with irritating squeaking, chirping, and other animal sounds in your attic and walls. Also, the smell of decaying animals in your house, and smells from animal urine and feces, is something that you won’t find pleasant. Let’s talk about how to keep unwanted rodents out of your home.

Some of these critters spread parasites and diseases through their feces, urine, skin cells, and saliva that could pose a health threat to your family and pets.

Here’s How To Keep Unwanted Critters Or Rodents Out Of Your Home

Build A Fence

Fences are useful for preventing critters from entering your house. You can choose to build a fence around your entire property or fence off particular areas of the home. To find out which fence is suitable for your home and to install it properly, you will need to find a professional fence installer.

Build a fence to keep critters out.

The cost of installing a fence lies between $1,500 and $8,000 depending on what company you go to in Kansas City, the fencing materials, and the amount of space in which you are installing the fence.

Clean Up

To protect your home from rodents, you need to clean up. Remove any debris and clutter that create excellent hiding spots for these unwelcome visitors. Pick up packaging, paper, containers, and anything else that the critters might use as nesting areas. Cleaning up helps ensure your home is less hospitable to unwanted pests and rodents, and it deters them from shacking up there.

Store Food Properly

This applies to both the outside and inside of your home. Inside, ensure you seal your food in airtight containers and keep it out of reach of rodents. Declutter areas such as your basement and attic regularly, and get rid of your garbage frequently.

If you like backyard parties, once you finish your party, make sure you clean up any food particles left behind during the event, including pet food. Also, remember to clean up spills as soon as possible and properly dispose of debris and garbage.

Seal Your Doors

A properly sealed door will help keep critters out of your home. If you check your entranceways keenly, the number of unsealed gaps you will find might shock you, and each of them creates an easy entranceway for bugs.

To prevent rodents or critters like mice and rats from crawling under your door, place a strong aluminum or steel threshold under the door. For enhanced protection, include a door sweep too. A door sweep is an affordable device that you can purchase from most hardware stores and it helps to block off the space between the bottom of the door and threshold. Nylon brush strips are better than neoprene or vinyl because they give you the best protection against bugs.

Add a rubber door seal to the frames’ perimeters to prevent insects from entering along the top or sides of the door. Seal the joint where the door frame connects to the wall using clear caulk. Also, apply the caulk along the bottom of the frame, where the frame touches the ground.

Clean Your Home Regularly

The cleaner your house is, the less it will attract bugs to it. As a homeowner, clean your house regularly. This involves washing up dishes, vacuuming, mopping, and doing other household chores. Doing this disturbs any spots where pests might consider making a home and helps you get rid of mice.

Even getting rid of small pieces of food and crumbs from your kitchen helps deter the chances of pest infestation. If you clean regularly, you are more inclined to notice any potential entrance of bugs and insects to your home.

Do a deep clean of the home regularly, and don’t forget that cleaning your home also includes keeping the outside tidy. Don’t forget to store pet food in a tight container.

Person cleaning their house to keep pests away.

DIY Pepper Spray

Hot pepper is an enemy to many critters. You can create a homemade rodent repellent with a few items, including hot pepper, dish soap, and water.

Combine ground hot pepper or hot pepper sauce, a few cups of water, and a few drops of soap. Use a blender or food processor to mingle these ingredients thoroughly in an open area, and then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray your repellent at least once a week in areas that are likely to harbor pests in your home. There are other ways to keep rodents away from the interior and perimeter of your home by using essential oils at entry points.

If you have pests in your house or property, the best way to eliminate them is with the help of a professional. Call Gunter Pest & Lawn and get rid of these annoying critters for good.

FAQ: Rodent Control

Q: What sort of damage do rodents cause?

A: Rodents can cause a lot of damage. They chew on wires, which can lead to electrical fires. They gnaw on wood and other materials, ruining furniture and structures. They also leave droppings everywhere, which can spread diseases. If they get into your pantry, they’ll eat and contaminate your food. In short, they can wreak havoc in your home.

Q: What plants repel rodents?

A: Several plants are known to repel rodents. Peppermint is a top choice. Its strong scent keeps mice and rats away. Lavender is another good option. It smells lovely to us but not to rodents. Marigolds, garlic, and daffodils are also effective. Planting these around your home can help keep rodents at bay.

Q: Do ultrasonic rodent repellers work on squirrels?

A: Ultrasonic rodent repellers can sometimes work on squirrels, but their effectiveness varies. These devices emit high-frequency sounds that are unpleasant to rodents. Some people find them helpful, while others see little to no effect. For a squirrel problem, combining repellers with other methods like traps or barriers might work best.

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