The Best Way To Deal With Rodents On Your Gilbert Property
There isn’t much that hasn’t been discovered about rodents. Of all the animals that exist on the planet, these furry mammals are one of the most studied. Rodents are regularly used in lab experiments and tested for their intellect, agility, and many other interesting features. Despite all of the knowledge we have about these creatures, however, they still manage to find ways into our homes year after year. To help you properly deal with rodents on your Gilbert property, here is what you should know.
What Types Of Rodents Live In Gilbert
Rodents are a huge part of nature and they make up a large percentage of furry creatures. In our area, there are many species that enjoy spending time around properties and a few that regularly try to invade homes. The three you should be most worried about are mice, rats, and squirrels. These three agile, smart, and capable pests look for ways to get inside when weather conditions are poor, food and water become harder to find, or when curiosity gets the better of them.
How Rodents Invade Homes
There are two main ways rodents get into homes; through a preexisting gap, crack, or opening, or by gnawing their way inside. The older your home is the more likely it will be to have damage that allows these pests to get inside. Common entry points to keep your eyes out for include damage to window/door screens, exterior doors without door sweeps, cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior foundation, damage to your roofline, siding, or shingles, and unprotected chimneys.
Simple Exclusion Tips For Rodents
The best way to reduce your chances of a rodent infestation is to block off points of entry these pests use to get inside. To do this, here are some simple strategies our team recommends.
- Use a caulking gun and some steel or copper mesh to fill in holes, cracks, and gaps in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Address problems with your home’s siding, roofline, and shingles.
- Make sure your chimneys are properly capped.
- Trim back tree branches that hang too close to your home’s exterior.
- Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
- Repair damage to window/door screens and keep unscreened windows and doors closed as much as possible.
How To Make Your Home Less Attractive To Rodents
Addressing entry points is not a guaranteed solution. As a second line of defense, we recommend removing things from your home that might draw these pests in. An easy way to do this is to keep your home clean, making sure there is no food or water left out in places where rodents can access them. In addition to this, store leftover food in plastic bags or cardboard boxes inside tough, air-tight containers. If you have pets, store their food in the same way and clean out their bowls after every meal. Finally, tidy up your yard and storage areas, keeping in mind that rodents use these areas to hide when on your property.
The Trick To Handling A Rodent Infestation
Once rodents establish their presence inside your home, there is no easy strategy to get them out on your own. There is, however, the option of hiring a professional. At Green Home Pest Control, we are constantly investing our time, energy, and financial resources to stake our position as the pinnacle of pest control in our area. If you need invasive rodents removed from your Gilbert property, we are your pick for the job.
Call us today to discover more about our comprehensive service offerings and schedule an inspection for your Gilbert home.