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How To Rodent Proof Your Home


A rodent infestation is not something that any homeowner wants to deal with, but, unfortunately, it is a common problem. During the wintertime, squirrels, mice, rats, and other rodents seek shelter from the cold and into unsuspecting homes. These creatures can pose threats to your health by spreading diseases such as monkeypox, the West Nile virus, Rat-Bite Fever, and many other illnesses. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep rodents out. Read on to find out how to stop rodents from getting into your home so you can protect yourself and your family. 

How To Prevent Rodents From Getting in Your Home

This first step to rodent-proofing your home is preventing them from getting in. There are many ways to do this, and they don’t require much effort. Here are a few things you can do to make your home rodent-free:

  • Seal any cracks in your windows, doors, vents, and other foundations inside and outside your home with caulk.
  • Keep a tight seal on all food containers, including pet foods, so rodents can’t easily smell or access it.
  • Clean up any food crumbs or spills in the kitchen to avoid attracting rodents.
  • Destroy any cardboard boxes, newspapers, or other debris that may be hanging out in your garage–rodents love to house in them.
  • Seal your garbage can and take out the trash regularly.
  • If you have a garden, remove any fallen food.

Can Mice Climb Walls?

Yes, mice can climb some walls and other surfaces in and outside your house based on what they’re made out of. They use their small claws to grab onto rough surfaces, such as brick and wood–which is common in many homes. They can also use pipes to travel from one part of your home to another. 

How To Keep Mice Away From Your Bed?

Unfortunately, mice also like to house themselves in your bed due to the warmth. To keep mice away from your bed you should:

  • Make sure you keep your room clean, including clearing any food (or avoiding eating in your bedroom altogether).
  • Seal any holes or other breaches that mice can get into.
  • If mice have been a problem in the past, consider setting traps in your bedroom. 

How To Keep Mice Out Of the Garage

For many of us, our garage is what we use for storage. Unfortunately, what we put in them–such as cardboard boxes–often attracts mice. If your garage has any cracks or breaches inside, mice can easily climb inside and find warmth in the room. To stop mice from coming in the garage, set traps. Ensure you also get rid of any old items, like cardboard boxes, as mice like to live in these as well. Seal any food you have and clean up any crumbs or spills.

Rodent Proof Storage Containers

What kind of storage containers will keep rodents away? As mentioned earlier, make sure you use a seal-proof, air-tight container for storing food so rodents can’t easily smell or access it. Make sure they’re also waterproof.

What Scent Will Keep Mice Away?

Peppermint is a natural repellant for mice. They find the smell highly unpleasant and are deterred from entering any place smelling of peppermint. This is not only an effective way to keep mice out of the home, but it’s also eco-friendly.

Professional Pest Control

Unfortunately, these methods do not completely guarantee that you will never have a rodent problem. When all else fails, it may be time to invest in hiring an exterminator to deal with your rodent problem. Sherrill provides state-of-the-art home pest control services throughout multiple cities in Tennessee. Contact us today!