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Rodents: What to Do if They Show Up in Your Yard

14.8 million American housing units saw rodents in the last year. With these numbers, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll see a mouse or rat scurrying across your property.

However, that doesn’t make it any less distressing. Your home is your haven, and seeing unwanted guests can really make you feel uneasy.

The good news is, most rodents will start on the outside of your house before showing up inside. So there’s a good chance you’ll spot these pests in your backyard or garden before they move in.

Here’s what you should do if rodents show up in your yard.

Clean Things Up

Rodents are prey animals, so they’re always looking for hiding spaces. If you have lots of debris and compost in your yard, then this will make it seem like a safe haven.

If you’ve been lagging on yard maintenance, then it’s time to catch up. Here are some things you should do and keep up with:

  • Mowing the lawn
  • Weeding plant beds
  • Removing dropped fruits

You should also remove your wood piles if you have any. These make the perfect nesting spaces for rodents.

If trees and shrubs are touching your home or give good access to it (such as through a branch), give them a good trim. You might even want to consider planting different greenery to make it more difficult for rodents to enter your house.

Remove Food Sources

In addition to removing dropped fruits, there are more steps you can take to eliminate food sources.

If you have a barbecue, give it a good wash so rodents aren’t attracted to the drippings. It’s best to clean the grill and drip pan immediately after each use.

Outdoor trash bins need to be regularly emptied. The longer trash sits inside, the more it’ll rot and appeal to pests, and not just mice and rats either. This will attract flies too.

Also, pet food bowls shouldn’t be left outside. If your furry friends are used to eating outdoors, then you’ll need to adjust their feeding routine and bring the bowls inside. Even if you do this, make sure you don’t leave food lying around for long, as it’ll attract pests.

Empty Trash Cans Regularly to Get Rid of Rodents

Use Mesh Fencing

Vegetable gardens will be attractive to mice and rats since it’s a nice food source. If you can’t bear to part with yours, then you can install mesh fencing around your gardens. This can also be applied to trees that rodents have damaged.

Another way to make your vegetable garden more unappealing is to make the borders bare (free of grass and other plants). Again, because rodents are prey animals, they don’t like being out in the open. This bare border will make them hesitant to access your delicious vegetables.

Try to Attract Owls

Owls love to eat mice and rats, so you’ll have a natural pest control solution if you attract these birds to your yard.

To do so, hang an owl house or two on poles; these are easy to DIY. Just make sure the opening is the right size so owls can get in, but not larger birds. Don’t hang these on trees, as squirrels might move into these boxes.

Owls Keep Away Rodents

Seal Your Home

If there are rodents in your yard, then it won’t be long before they make their way inside.

Take a good look at your home’s exterior and check for cracks and openings. You should seal them up immediately with strong materials that rodents find hard to chew through, such as concrete and metal.

It might help to cut down greenery so you can check hidden places for openings. This can also reduce access to your home.

Set Out Traps

Buy some humane traps to catch the rodents already on your property. But make sure to hide them under boxes so other animals won’t be hurt if they’re attracted to the traps.

These traps might solve your pest population temporarily, but they’re not the most effective solution. Still, they can help control the population a bit.

Use Traps to Kill Rodents

Call a Pest Control Expert

One of the most important things you can do is call a pest control expert. They’ll have years of experience and knowledge, which means they’ll know how to deal with different kinds of rodents.

They’ll evaluate your property to determine potential entryways and help you seal them up. This will make it harder for them to seek shelter when the weather gets bad.

Pest control professionals can also advise you on how to make your home as unattractive as possible to discourage mice and rats from sticking around. For example, they might identify food scraps on the floor or dishes left in the sink overnight.

In addition to single treatments, you can also get quarterly or tri-annual pest control, or even customized programs if necessary. These experts will do their best to decrease the pest population on your property so you can have peace of mind.

Get Rodent Pest Control Today

Now you know what to do if you spot rodents outside of your home.

While no method is guaranteed to eliminate these pests, they’re sure to decrease your property’s attractiveness. And as a result, they won’t be as inclined to stay.

So if you suspect you’ve got rodents in your yard, take our advice to deter them. And make sure you get a good pest control company so they can help you keep these pests away.

If you need a professional to remove rodents, then contact Pest Management Systems today. We can give you a quick quote!

*While these steps/tips will help reduce the likelihood of rodents, there’s no guaranteed way to eliminate all risks.

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