How to keep rats out of your yard
Having rats or mice in your yard can quickly lead to a rodent infestation inside your home. This means that preventing rodents from living outside your home is the most important step to reduce your risk of rats and mice living in your walls, attic, or crawl spaces. The most important ways to keep rats out of your yard are:
- Secure your garbage bins and keep them away from your home
- Clear out any yard waste and prune your trees
- Move your woodpile away from your home and off of the ground
- Make sure any sheds or outdoor structures are intact
Why Are There Rats in my Yard?
Rats and mice have lots of natural predators around Manhattan, Kansas City Metro and surrounding areas. Naturally, then, they are always on the lookout for a good place to take shelter. If they can find one that provides them with a source of food as well, they will have no issue with sticking around for as long as they can. This is why rats and mice often find shelter in our yards before trying to move inside our homes. Rodents look to sheds, cars, woodpiles, and gathered yard waste to make nests in around our yards.
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How to Keep Mice Out of Car Engine Departments
During the colder months of the year in Manhattan, Kansas City Metro and surrounding areas, many people find that mice or rats are living inside the engine compartment of their car. If you detect a foul smell coming from your car’s ventilation system or mice droppings on the floor, you can be sure that you have unwanted guests inside. To prevent mice from taking shelter in your car, you can use one of two strategies: placing deterrents inside your car like cedarwood, peppermint oil, dog hair, or mouse traps, or alternatively, propping open the hood of your car to keep it cold under the hood.
The Best Way to Keep Rats Out of Your Yard
It can be hard to assess your own home for vulnerabilities to rodents without expert assistance. Leaving the work to professionals is your best bet for keeping rodents out of your yard all year long. When you work with American Pest Management, we send out licensed and certified technicians to conduct complete property inspections, identifying all potential sources of infestation and getting rid of them.