Houston's Step-By-Step Guide To Rodent Prevention

January 22, 2020


Any kind of pest that makes its way inside your home can be a problem, but rodents can be some of the most troublesome pests in your Houston home. They are much larger and smarter than bugs, so this can make it difficult to catch and get rid of them. And while some pests are just a nuisance and don’t really do much damage, rodents can cause real problems. 

a norway rat entering a houston texas home through a whole in the foundation

Rodents such as rats and mice can carry diseases and cause health problems such as allergies and asthma attacks. Plus, they can do a good deal of structural damage to your property by chewing on things such as lumber, wires, and more.

Here are some of the common problems that rodents can cause:

  • Spread diseases such as dysentery and salmonellosis

  • Cause allergic reactions

  • Cause asthma attacks

  • Contaminate food

  • Chew on wires, possibly sparking a house fire

  • Do structural damage to lumber, drywall, and flooring

Why Are Rodents Attracted To Your Home?

Depending on the time of year, there are different reasons why rodents might make their way inside. Just like with many other pests, during colder temperatures, they seek shelter indoors. Also, they will look for food sources, so they might get into your home because of this. As they seek food and water sources, they can make their way into your home or business using small cracks and holes.

Mice and rats can be attracted to your building because of things like:

  • Gardens with leftover vegetables and fruits

  • Compost

  • Open containers of garbage

  • Pet food or birdseed

  • Wood piles

  • Humidity and leaking pipes

Getting rid of these issues is one of the most important things you can do to prevent rodents from getting into your house. One way to prevent rodents is to make sure that garbage cans are closed and secure and that rotting food is cleaned up from your yard. Also, ensure that rodents can’t access pet or bird food.

Rodent Prevention Tips

Rodents can be particularly difficult to deal with because they can slip into your home using small cracks that you might not even notice. A mouse can get into a building through a hole the size of a nickel while a rat can get into a home using a hole the size of a quarter. 
 
There are some things you can do to prevent rodents from getting inside. Here are a few more prevention tips:

  • Check foundation, deck, and, woodpiles for rodents. Seal up access points on the outside of your home.

  • Put weather stripping around your doors and windows.

  • Trim up plants that are right next to your home.

  • Seal up small cracks and crevices on your foundation.

Seek Help From Romney Pest Control

Because rodents like mice and rats can be so difficult to get rid of, trying to eliminate them once they appear is hard to do on your own. Rodents are good at hiding and staying out of sight, they multiply quickly, and they can be dangerous. You don’t want them spreading diseases or causing you thousands of dollars of property damage.

The best way to get rid of rodents in your Houston home or business is to contact the professionals at Romney Pest Control. We provide same-day services in many cases, and we have over ten years of experience in the area. Reach out to us today




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