Rats and mice cause a lot of problems. Not only are they interested in our food and our living space, but they can damage our property and cause significant health issues for our loved ones. In Maryland, the house mouse, roof rat and Norway rat are the most common types of rodents. If left unchecked, they can increase in numbers until they have essentially taken over a given space. That is why it is so important to keep rodents out of your backyard in the first place. Use the following tips to help discourage these pests from claiming your home as their own.
Take Away Their Hiding Places
Rats and mice don’t like to be out in the open. They are interested in finding a sheltered area to construct their nest, which is why they love tall grass, wood piles and debris. Don’t give them a place to hide. Make sure that your grass is neatly trimmed, and clear debris from your yard on a regular basis. If you have wood piles on your property, move them around randomly so that rodents aren’t able to establish a home in them.
Set Up A Pet Patrol
If you have pets, they can be a huge help in discouraging a rodent infestation. Assuming you have a fence, allow them to roam in the yard periodically throughout the day. Rodents do not like dogs or cats and are less likely to hang around your property if you allow your animals to make their presence known.
Don’t Allow Access To Food
Rats and mice need food to survive, and if they find it on your property, you are going to have a hard time getting rid of the rodents. Any food waste needs to be covered. Double check your garbage cans to ensure that the lids fit tightly and there are no cracks or holes in the can. Keep in mind that rodents can fit in very small spaces; it is worth it to replace a damaged garbage can if you notice any issues.
Grow Pest Repelling Plants
Some plants naturally discourage mice and rats from coming onto your property. For example, catnip, lavender, mint and elderberry are all good choices. Rodents also shy away from bay leaves, amaryllis and wormwood. Create a natural barrier on your property using a variety of rodent repelling plants.
Rodents are fairly intelligent creatures, and you may find yourself in a losing battle as you attempt to keep them off of your property. If you can’t get control yourself, consider contacting a licensed pest control company. We have a lot of experience dealing with mice and rats and can help keep your problem from getting out of control.
Mice and rats can cause a lot of issues for your home and your family once an infestation takes root. If you have a problem in your yard that just won’t go away, get in contact with Barefoot Pest Control. We’ll come out for an inspection and set up a specialized plan to address your issue.