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Rodent Prevention Tips for Los Angeles Residents

Los Angeles is a great place to live for many reasons. One of the best things about living in the LA area is the weather. It’s sunny most of the year. Even during winter, the daytime is consistently warm for the most part. Unfortunately, this is also quite welcoming for rodents. While some people let pest control slip their mind during winter, LA residents need to stay vigilant all year round. Rodents can be especially bad. They can go undetected for quite a while, and be doing thousands of dollars in damage the whole time. They can chew away at your electrical wiring and even the frame of your home. They are also known to spread diseases that can be harmful to you, your family and your pets. Here are some tips to prevent rodents from getting into your home.

Check For Easy Access

Rodents can use incredibly tiny spaces to make their way into your house. A mouse only needs a crack the width of a dime to get in. It’s important to do a thorough check of your house-inside and out- to find the areas of your home that are letting the rodents in. Look for light leaking in through cracks. Check your pipes for leaks. Fill in any spaces or gaps with caulking and repair any rips in your window and door screens right away. Caulking is the best way to secure gaps to make sure nothing can make its way through.

Minimize attraction

Food will always be the main attracting factor for pests. This is true for rodents as well. Clean your house especially well before winter, and start making a habit out of things that will keep rodents out. Trash should be stored in a can with a lid, and taken out as soon as it fills up. Even if it’s not full at the end of the day, it should be taken out and resealed. Sweep and mop floors often, and watch for spills and crumbs. Although they might not seem appetizing to you, they are for mice and rats. Keep all your food stored in airtight containers and put it away as soon as it’s not being used. Even check outside and clear extra vegetation away from your house’s walls to prevent rodents from making a home in there, and gradually moving over into your home.

Be Proactive

The best way, hands down, to keep your house pest free is to enlist the help of a pest control professional. If you’re concerned about rodents infesting your home, call and ask for a consultation. The pest control tech will be able to inspect your house and tell you which pests you should be looking out for. They are equipped with tools and knowledge that you might not have access to on your own, and will be able to put a much more effective approach into place. The results achieved by professionals also last much longer, so you’ll have the confidence of knowing pests won’t be bothering you all season long.