The first defense against rodents getting inside your house is to make your yard less attractive to the pests. If they have no interest in hanging around your yard, they may never discover the enticing shelter and food source inside your home. Here are some of the things you can do to your yard to help control rodents on your property.
Get Rid Of Junk
Mice and rats will take shelter in just about anything that provides warmth and shelter from the rain. It could be an old junk car, upholstered outdoor furniture, or a stack of clutter. The first step to rodent-proofing your yard is to get rid of clutter if you have any. This includes clutter in the yard as well as junk in an outbuilding or barn. Keep your tools organized so there are no nesting places, and keep fabric materials in a plastic or rubber tote if possible so rats aren't attracted to them for nesting materials. If you notice a lot of rat droppings in an outbuilding, consider calling in a pest control company to help you exterminate them. Professionals can set up traps that catch rodents but that won't bother other wildlife such as cats and birds. You'll probably want to avoid using poison since the poison will kill anything that happens to find it and you don't want to kill any pets. Plus, you don't want to hunt down dead animal bodies to get rid of the bad smell they leave behind.
Mow Down High Weeds
Try to keep your lawn cut and trimmed so the rodents don't have any cover when they move towards your house. This may keep them from feeling secure enough to approach the house, and if they do, a bird or other predator may spot them and grab them for a quick meal before they can get inside. Also, be careful about placing landscaping near your home. Plants and flowers provide shelter and they hold moisture in the ground that may attract the pests too. Rats also climb trees, so you should keep limbs trimmed well away from your house so they don't create a rat highway to your roof. Rodents feel most secure when they can hide and move around unseen, so don't make it easy for them to stay under cover in your yard.
Eliminate The Food Source
It may not be possible to totally eliminate food that attracts rodents if you have fruit trees, nut trees, or a garden. However, you can do other things such as not leaving pet food outside from dusk to dawn when the rodents are most active. If you have a current active infestation, you may want to feed your pets indoors only. Also, consider keeping bird feeders and squirrel feeders empty until the rat problem is under control. Rats eat a wide variety of foods from plants to bugs. Having your lawn treated to get rid of bugs might help keep rodents under control too.
In addition to working on your yard, you'll also want to work on the outside of your house so the rodents can't easily find a way inside. This entails going over your entire house looking for small gaps and cracks that rodents can wiggle through. A pest control professional can help you find places on your house that need to be fixed to keep rodents outside. If you can keep the rodents from getting inside, you won't have to deal with them eating your food, gnawing on your furniture, and leaving behind a bad odor. It's usually easier to implement these steps when you don't have rodents or when you only have a few. If you have a lot of mice or rats, you probably don't want to waste time trying to solve the problem yourself. You'll need professional help to get a large rodent population under control in a hurry.
To learn more about this topic, talk with a local pest control company.