Mice love your kitchen! It provides them with an abundance of food and nest building materials. However, that's not the part of your home rodents will choose to lodge in, just the room they'll venture to in search of food. Your attic is their perfect nesting spot. They can easily access it from outside, due to minor cracks and gaps that have been left unsealed, and once they're inside, they can use your attic insulation material and all sorts of stored belongings to start building their nest. There are some things you can do to keep them at bay.
Store Food In Airtight Containers
While your attic is the place where rodents will most likely come to infest, other parts of your home will also draw their attention. Mice will smell and detect grain, flour, seeds and pasta that are stored in boxes so don’t make these food items easily accessible. Discard or recycle the cardboard boxes and keep dry goods in airtight sealed metal or glass jars that are chew-proof. Do not store food in your attic. Not even packaged meals, unless we're talking about tin cans.
Don’t Leave Pet Food Lying Around
Rodents love dog and cat food. It provides them with high quality nourishment and the morsels are perfect for them in terms of size and chewing difficulty. When your pet finishes its meal, sweep away the leftovers, put away the dishes and clean the area thoroughly. Make sure the food is stored in containers with airtight lids, just like human food, and high off the floor.
Check Your Attic Regularly
While you may not have mice or rats up there right now, that doesn't mean you won't find them there tomorrow, or a year from now. Make sure your attic is regularly cleaned and that it's completely air sealed. This will have the added benefit of making your home more energy efficient.
Have Your Home Rodent Proofed
Of course, the best way to get something done is to have a professional take care of it. Our experts at Attic Cleaning San Francisco can make sure that mice and rats won't be able to easily gain access into your home. Call us today for the best rodent proofing services around.