Is there an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet for Rodents in Your Home?

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When a pest infestation occurs, typically the pests move into a home because they are looking for food. Even though most homeowners cringe at the idea of having rodents or bugs in their home, there might be factors that mistakenly draw these critters inside. If you want to eliminate the problem, then you need to make sure that you cut off access to both food and water sources.

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Even if you are proactive to clean your home, it is possible that unexpected food sources are providing an all-you-can-eat-buffet for rodents and bugs. Take an inventory of your home to identify areas where pests might be finding access to food. A few simple changes can make a big difference to eliminate the food source and get rid of the infestation.

Here are some of the things that you need to consider:

  • Ensure that you have secure lids on all trash cans inside and outside the home.
  • Get rid of bird feeding stations outside. The rodents might be using the bird seed as a source of food at night.
  • Fix dripping faucets and pipes. Find ways to eliminate standing water.
  • Keep the lid on the grill closed and always make sure to thoroughly clean the grill after using it.
  • Store pet food in a sealed container. Metal is the best solution because rodents can chew through plastic.
  • Don’t leave pet food or water in the dish overnight. Always empty the leftovers and refill the dishes in the morning when it is time to feed your pet.
  • If you have fruit trees or a garden plot, stay proactive to clean up ripe fruit that has fallen to the ground.
  • In the pantry and cupboards, store food in sealed metal or glass containers. If the food comes in plastic or cardboard packaging, it can be transferred to a sturdy food storage system.

As you are making these changes in your home, it is also important to work with an experienced pest control professional. An exterminator can eliminate the problem, and these home tips can help you to prevent a recurrence of the infestation.

If you suspect a rodent or bug infestation in your home, then we invite you to call our team at Mathews Termite & Pest Service right away: (951) 751-0885

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