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How to Prepare Your Home to Prevent Rodents in Illinois

November 20, 2019

How to Prepare Your Home to Prevent Rodents in Illinois

Rodents in Illinois are a nuisance—particularly during the fall. It’s during the cooler winter months that rodents seek shelter in your home. Learning how to keep rats and mice out of your space ensures you and your family are protected from diseases commonly found in rodents. Follow the tips below to help keep your home mouse-free.

Regularly Clean Your Home and Yard

Having good sanitation habits doesn’t totally prevent rodents, but bad sanitation definitely attracts them. Make sure you’re regularly sweeping and vacuuming inside your home. Countertops should be frequently wiped down and trash should be removed immediately. Any litter or garbage outside your home should be removed.

Properly Store Food

Plastic bags or loose food in your pantry are a huge attraction to mice. All pantry items should be sealed in airtight containers. Pet food should also be appropriately sealed to prevent mice.

Eliminate Entry Points

Regularly inspect your home for any holes or small gaps as mice are able to squeeze through even the smallest cracks. Any holes or cracks around your doors, windows, foundation, walls, or baseboards should be repaired with caulk or steel wool.

Trim Bushes and Branches

Any landscaping around your yard should be regularly trimmed. Bushes that are left to grow offer free shelter to mice and rats. Branches close to your home make it easier for them to enter.

Properly Eliminate Waste

Ensure the garbage cans both in and out of your home have a tight-fitting lid. It’s easy for mice to squeeze into your trash and find a free meal. Make sure trash is regularly picked up as well.

Set Mouse Traps

If you do see a mouse or rat in your home, set up traps. Dabbing a little bit of caramel or peanut butter can help attract and trap them. Should you trap a mouse, dispose of it immediately.

Call Pest Control

Chances are, if you see one mouse or rat, there could be a whole family of them in your home. Should you need help from a professional, don’t hesitate to call. Professional exterminators know how to completely rid your home of pests and keep them from returning.

At American Pest Control, we provide high-quality and effective rodent removal. Our experts are committed to ensuring your home is completely rodent-free. We’ve been servicing areas throughout Illinois for years and we’re happy to help you too! American Pest Control provides quarterly services at an incredible price to ensure pests are gone for good.

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