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The Do’s and Don’ts of Rodent Prevention

Rodents invade over 21 million homes worldwide. Follow these tips on rodent prevention to make sure they don’t invade yours.

DO: Cut Back Trees & Limbs Back By 10 Feet


This will easily reduce the access points for rodent entry. It is also important to keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.

DON’T: Keep Trees & Limbs Too Close To Your House

This could increase your chance of rodents getting into your home as they can use it as their key to entry!

PRO TIP: Be careful using bird feeders around homes. Bird seed will attract rodents!

DO: Regularly check your vents and for holes in your crawlspace doors

This could prevent any HVAC issues from rodents. Always ensure there is proper drainage at the foundation by installing gutters and diverting water away from the foundation. Be sure to seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home. PestWorld recommends using caulk, steel wool, or a combination of both.

DON’T: Put off replacing any missing vents in the crawlspace, attic, or basements


Rodents and other wildlife can wreak havoc on your electrical wiring. This is important to do during the cooler months to prevent them from entry.

FACT: Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dine and rats  can fit through holes the size of a quarter.

DO: Keep all garbage cans closed and inspect items brought into the home.

PestWorld says to always inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packages you bring into your home. This can cause heavy infestation to rodent and pests alike.

DON’T: Leave trash cans open


This is a given. Rats, mice, possums, and other rodents can easily come into your home through your garbage. Leaving anything out can invite rodent entry!

DO: Focus on exclusion and prevention


Safely excluding rodents and other wildlife with the prevention tips listed above is the surefire way to prevent a rodent infestation. A skilled wildlife professional will be able to see points of entry that a typical homeowner will not see.

DON’T: Focus solely on pesticide application or DIY remedies for rodent removal


Using pesticide chemicals could harm the rodents when we want to safely eradicate them. DIY rodent-control will likely make the problem worse.

Rodents are known to reproduce quickly and pose a variety of serious threats, and removal is not a “do it yourself” job. –PestWorld.org


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Clark’s Wildlife team can safely eradicate any rodent that makes your home their perfect shelter. We offer a multitude of services, including a FREE EVALUATION (valid through the end of December). Once our team assesses the issue, they will coordinate a plan to safely exclude these pesky rodents in your home. Learn more by visiting our wildlife page, or check out our other blog posts on rodents!

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