If your home has a rodent problem, it can be tempting to do whatever necessary to get them out. However, many of the options you’ll find at the home improvement store are dangerous to their health at best and inhumane and deadly at worst. Here are some ways to protect your home from rodents the humane way.
Think Before You Feed
Many of the homeowners who aren’t sure how rodents were attracted to their home have birdfeeders or dog food stored outside. Even if birdseed is in a feeder off of the ground, most of the seed will spill and provide a quick and easy meal for rodents. Birdseed won’t just attract rodents either, it will also attract squirrels, geese, and even ants. Dog food is something that many people store in their garage without a second thought, but the smell of dog food alone is enough to attract rodents to your property. Always store your dog food in airtight containers that rodents cannot smell or open.
Keep It Closed
Do you leave your door open at night? Never leave a garage or shed door open for extended periods of time, or be prepared for all sorts of wildlife to take up residence there. Do the same thing for your trash cans and recycling containers. Rodents can range in size from very small to quite large, so even small cracks or holes in your trash cans can be tempting.
Don’t Overdo Your Landscaping
Landscaping is one of the most beautiful parts of most homes, but overdoing it can actually attract rodents to your property. Dense and lush plant life provides shelter and food for rodents looking for a place to stay. Many homeowners who have the most beautiful and lush landscaping also have to take the most steps to protect their home from rodents.
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