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Florida Rodent Prevention Tips

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No one enjoys finding out that they have rodents inside their home--because once these filthy creatures get in, they can be maddening to get out. While there are many do-it-yourself rodent removal strategies out there on the internet, often, homeowners find themselves in a never-ending nightmare of rodents returning again and again.

Not only are rodents a nuisance because of their scratching and scampering inside walls, they bring a whole host of other issues as well, some of them quite dangerous. Rodents can bring in diseases such as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, Lassa fever, Leptospirosis, lymphocytic chorio-meningitis (LCM), Omsk hemorrhagic fever, and rat-bite fever. They can also bring parasites from the outside, such as lice, mites, fleas and ticks, which bring their own set of problems. And, like this isn't enough, they also chew. With ever-growing incisors, rodents never stop chewing on pipes, wood, insulation, stored items, and even electrical wires, which can cause a house fire. Here are some tips for keeping them out.

Remove clutter from your property.

If you have toys, machine parts, stacked wood, construction materials, or any other discarded or stored items on your property, you are giving rodents a place to hide. And if they are on your property, they are more likely to come in close and try to get into your home when weather conditions become unfavorable. Removing items, or storing them in outbuildings, or as far from your home as possible, will help in keeping rodents away from your home.

Maintain your lawn and garden areas.

Just like clutter, overgrown gardens or grass give rodents prime places to hide out. Make sure your lawn is neatly trimmed and remove any overgrown vegetation to get rid of those hiding places.

Keep trash in tightly sealed containers.

Rodents consider trash a tasty treat. If you have garbage cans stored outside, consider storing them in a garage or shed, or make sure all your lids are in good working order.

Remove any water sources from your property.

If you have leaky or clogged gutters, items that collect water, or areas of moisture, these things will lure rodents onto your property for a drink of water. Removing or drying up all water sources will help deter rodents from sticking around.

Make sure there are no food sources for rodents outside.

Rodents aren't only drawn to open trash cans. They will be drawn to most any type of food source. If you feed pets outside, only put their food down at mealtimes. If you have cookouts or parties, be sure to clean up all spills and food particles that might be dropped. If you have gardens or fruit trees, it is a good idea to keep those areas as free as possible of fruits or vegetables that have fallen to the ground. And keeping bird feeders well away from your home will also keep rodents at arm's length.

Trim back any trees or vegetation well away from your foundation, walls, or roofline.

Rats, mice, squirrels, and a whole host of pest insects, use branches and other vegetation as bridges to reach houses. By keeping these neatly trimmed, you have less of a chance of pests reaching the outside of your home.

Seal up all gaps, cracks, or holes in your home.

If rodents do make it to your outside walls, make sure there are no openings for them to explore. If you cannot get a professional to seal up your foundation, outside walls, or roof area, carefully inspect every inch of your home and seal up any holes you find using a caulking gun. Make sure to look around where pipes, wires and other items pass through your walls, as these places are common entry points for pests.

Keep the inside of your home clean and free of food and water sources.

If you have done everything you can, but a rodent somehow makes it into your home, you shouldn't give it any reason to want to stay. Carefully clean your home of all food particles and dry up any moist or humid areas. Pay attention to pipes or fixtures that might be leaking water, and to any areas where food spills or particles are common.

Procure the help of a professional pest control company.

The best way to stay rodent free is to reach out to the pest experts, like the ones here at Nozzle Nolen. We're the rodent experts.

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