Can you believe that the first day of summer is just around the corner?
At Anchor Pest Services, we certainly can’t! Warm days filled with summer cookouts and fun in the sun will be here before you know it, and we want to help you make sure that summertime pests don’t get in the way. In this post, we’ll turn our attention toward rodents and provide you with a few easy-to-implement tips that can help you reduce the risk of them getting into your home.
As you’ll learn in our final point, the best way to keep them out of your home — as well as prevent several other pests from coming inside — is to invest in professional pest control services. Give us a call or fill out our convenient online contact form if you’d like to learn more about our affordable program that protects your home throughout the year!
Eliminate Food Sources
Rodents are commonly attracted to food sources both inside and outside the home. As we mentioned in the introduction, summer cookouts are easily one of the most enjoyable parts of the season. However, it’s important to make sure that you and your guests aren’t making your property attractive to unwanted visitors. Make sure that dropped food is picked up promptly, and always be sure to clean your grill thoroughly when you’re done using it. You should also ask guests to bring food items in sealable containers.
We recommend practicing the same principles indoors. Make sure that food is sealed in airtight containers, especially if you keep pet food around. Always store your garbage can in the garage, and consider investing in an odor-proof alternative if you notice that pests are attracted to your waste.
Maintain Your Landscape
Maintaining your landscaping is another important way to reduce the risk of rodents making your property their own. Shrubs, bushes, and even uncut grass can all provide them with safe hiding places, so make sure that you’ve either invested in professional landscaping or make time to cut excess growth that occurred during spring. This tip is particularly important if you have vegetation near your home’s foundation, as many foundations sustain cracks and holes that are just wide enough for rodents to squeeze through,
Be Wary of Rodent Control Myths
There are a number of rodent control myths floating around the internet which, while well-intentioned, simply aren’t enough to keep rodents away. For instance, you may have read that placing dryer sheets around your property will deter rodents from entering. Along the same lines, mothballs and peppermint oil are sometimes touted as effective pest control alternatives.
These items smell strong to the human nose, but the fact of the matter is that they diffuse rather quickly. Moreover, entering a home is often a matter of survival — many rodents will ignore these measures altogether, leaving you with the possibility of a full-blown infestation on your hands once they breed.
Invest in Professional Pest Control Services
If you’re concerned about keeping rodents out of your home, investing in professional pest control is the best way to provide yourself with peace of mind. At Anchor Pest Services, we offer recurring pest control that keeps your property safe from rodents not just at the time of service, but throughout the entire year. Instead of hoping that DIY rodent control tactics work, why not take this opportunity to protect your home from multiple summertime pests and enjoy the peace of mind you deserve?
We offer free inspections and would be more than happy to speak with you about a plan tailored to your needs. Give us a call or fill out our online form to get started!