The Key To Keeping Rodents In The Bay Area Outside Where They Belong

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Mice, rats, and other rodents are filthy pests that spread disease and cause extensive damage to homes throughout The Bay Area. It's important to take measures to keep these pests away at all costs. If you suspect an infestation, take action as soon as possible before the problem escalates. Many homeowners prefer to take matters into their own hands, but don't be afraid to call for help if you need it. Keep reading to learn how to keep rodents off your property.

Rodent Exclusion Techniques

Rodent exclusion involves removing what attracts rodents into your home. The first thing to do is to thoroughly inspect your home and look for any points of entry. Both rats and mice can fit through coin-sized holes, so don't exclude any areas that may seem too tiny. Seal or patch any holes in your exterior walls. Consider using wire mesh to cover any ventilation pipes that lead outdoors.

A number of food sources attract all types of rodents, so be sure to store your food properly. Use high-quality storage containers made of glass or durable plastic and make sure they have secure lids. Avoid leaving dirty dishes in your sink, wipe down kitchen countertops, and sweep up crumbs. Try not to leave pet food out overnight, as rodents might think it's a midnight snack. Declutter storage areas to prevent rodents from nesting. Throw away old cardboard boxes and any paper waste.

How To Bait Rodents Out Of Your Walls

To get rid of rodents, many homeowners attempt to lure them out from behind the walls with baits and traps. Mice and rats are nocturnal and stay hidden in their nests for most of the day. One of the telltale signs of a rodent infestation is hearing rustling sounds behind the walls. You may also notice rodent droppings on your floors or counters, especially near food sources. These pests may also chew through walls, ceilings, and foundations and leave visible holes.
At night, rodents will come out of the walls in search of food. To make baits or traps the most effective, they should be left closest to where you believe the rats or mice live. Some of the options available at local hardware stores include spring-loaded traps, live-catch traps, and glue traps. If removing rodents from your house in a humane manner concerns you, choose solutions that require you to release them outside. Make sure you keep the traps and bait out of reach of curious children and pets to avoid serious injury or poisoning.

Deterring Rodents From A Particular Area In Your Home

In addition to the rodent exclusion methods described above, there are other natural ways to keep rodents away from your home. Try out some of these methods today:

  • Place plants that repel rodents throughout your home, like peppermint, lavender, rosemary, and marigolds.
  • Fill small caps with ammonia and leave them close to where you believe the rodents are hiding. Ammonia smells like the urine of rodent predators and is a strong deterrent. Make sure the ammonia stays out of reach of your children and pets.
  • Purchase a high-frequency sound repellent from the hardware store. These affordable rodent pest control solutions keep mice and rats away by emitting a sound they can't stand. 

Don't let California rodents take over your property. For tough infestations, call in the experts at Bay Pest Solution.

Humane Rodent Infestation Treatments In The Bay Area

Bay Pest Solution is a premier source of rodent pest control in the Bay Area. Our experienced team has been keeping mice and rats out of homes for over 40 years. Our comprehensive rodent exclusion techniques are highly effective and safe for your pets and family. We'll work with you to create a pest control treatment solution that best suits your needs and make sure these pests stay away for good. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today. 

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