Rodent infestations are among the most frustrating and stress-inducing problems for homeowners in Maricopa County to deal with. Infestations of mice, rats, and other types of rodents commonly occur in storage, garage, attic, and basement areas. Even if you just spot one of these rodents, it's highly recommended that you contact Alliance Pest Management immediately to get rid of any infestations that have occurred. However, there are several steps you can take to keep your home from attracting rodents in the first place. The following offers a look at four tips that should prevent rodent infestations in your home.


Eliminate Access to Nesting Sites and Water Sources


Any sites that provide ideal nesting grounds for rodents should be eliminated from the exterior of your home. These sites can include deep mulch and leaf piles. You can eliminate some possible nesting sites by keeping mulch at least 15 inches away from your home's foundation and by trimming the shrubbery on a regular basis.


In the event that you have a vehicle around your home that you no longer use but don't want to sell, it's important to understand the tires from these vehicles could be used as shelter by rats and mice. As such, you should consider getting rid of these vehicles if they are no longer being used.


As for water sources, it's important that you get rid of any access points for water sources inside and outside your home. One of the more common water sources that rodents can take advantage of involves gutters that are blocked by debris. Make sure that you clean the debris from your gutters on a regular basis. Gutters should be cleaned 2-3 times per year.


If you have any bird baths on your property, get rid of them. Any wading pools that aren't being used should also be emptied to keep rodents away. If any hoses or faucets around the exterior of your home are leaking, it's essential that you fix these leaks. Water bowls and pet food should also be put away after they are used. Make sure that water bowls are never kept out overnight.


Position Bird Feeders Properly


Bird feeders are a great addition to any home. However, they can also provide rodents with easy access to your home if they are positioned incorrectly. Any bird feeders you use should be kept away from your home. Try to get bird food that doesn't contain husks. Once birds eat the inner kernel of food with husks, the husks become food for rodents. Place squirrel guards on the bird feeders to reduce access for squirrels and other rodents.


Mop and Vacuum Floors Regularly


Any pet or human food in your home must be stored in airtight containers or in your refrigerator. If spills or crumbs get on your floors, these messes should be cleaned immediately. Otherwise, your home would be a good environment for rodent infestations. Along with washing your dishes on a daily basis, the floors in your home should also be regularly vacuumed and mopped.


Perform Additional Preventive Measures


Some of the additional preventive measures that should keep your home from attracting rodents include:


With these tips in mind, your home in Maricopa County should be free from rodent infestations. If you already have a rodent infestation, contact Alliance Pest Management immediately so that we can get rid of the infestation as quickly as possible.