Six Easy Ways To Keep Rodents Out Of Your Baton Rouge Home

February 15, 2021

There is a good reason animal habitats are built away from residential properties: no homeowner wants to wake up to a wild animal chewing on their shrubs, damaging their home, or threatening them with violence. Unfortunately, one type of wild animal often prefers living indoors with people rather than out in the wild, and that animal is rodents. To keep these invasive pests outside where they belong, here are six easy tips you can use.

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Common Rodents Around Baton Rouge

Not all rodents prefer living indoors. The two most commonly known to get inside and cause trouble are mice and rats. These two pests have been causing homeowners strife for centuries. One of the ways mice and rats cause trouble is with their teeth. 
 
Just like cats need to scratch things to keep their claws length down, rodents need to constantly chew. This often leads to fairly serious damage around homes, including gnaw marks on furniture, severed electrical wires, holes through walls, and broken utility piping.

What Attracts Rodents

Rodents are hyper-intelligent pests that know a good deal when they see one. When a rat or mouse wanders into a home and finds boxes of food, running water, and comfortable spaces to hide, they have no other choice but to stick around. 
 
Even if their housemates (homeowners) are unpleasant, or even go so far as to trapping their friends, rodents often choose homes over the wild, simply because life is easier indoors. Your job is to make a rodent’s life as difficult as possible by limiting their entry points and restricting their access to food. The following are some practical ways we recommend to do this. 

How To Prevent Rodents

Now that you know what draws rodents into your home, let’s discuss some practical ways to keep these pests outside where they belong. To break things down nice and simple, here are six easy ways to keep rodents out of your Baton Rouge home:

  • Keep your lawn and landscaping well maintained. Specifically, mow your lawn at least once a week, trim bushes and tree branches at least five feet from your home’s exterior, and eliminate clutter and debris around your property.
  • Make sure your home’s exterior is sealed. This involves filling in gaps and cracks with a caulking gun, repairing damage to shingles and siding, addressing issues with door sweeps and screens, and making sure all exterior vents and water spouts are properly covered.
  • Address moisture issues around your home. Do this by eliminating standing sources of water, fixing leaky pipes and fixtures, repairing water damage, and cleaning out gutters and spouts.
  • Reduce clutter around your home. The fewer places rodents have to hide and build a nest the better. To reduce harborage opportunities organize storage areas, move stored items into larger plastic totes, and generally reduce clutter around your home.
  • Keep your home clean. Rodents thrive in dirty environments. The cleaner your home is, the fewer opportunities these pests will have to find a meal or something to drink.
  • Invest in professional rodent control services. Only with the help of a professional will you ever guarantee rodents will stay out of your home. 

At Pelican Pest Control, we understand how important it is that rodents stay outside where they belong. Whether you are looking for a quick solution to an existing rodent problem or a long term solution to keep these pests out, we have your answers here.
 
Contact us today to learn more about our rodent control and schedule your home for a thorough inspection.

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