Updated: Nov 10, 2020
Four Helpful Rodent Prevention Tips For Phoenix Homeowners
While there are plenty of rodent species in Maricopa County, there are four primary breeds you should
keep an eye out for. When it comes to mice, house mice and deer mice are most common, and for rats,
you'll most often find brown rats and pack rats. House or business, it doesn’t matter; these pests will
infiltrate your walls and the space between your floors, spreading disease, destroying your West
Phoenix property, and breeding prolifically. Rodents can be particularly difficult pests to dispel, so where
should you start?
The Most Common Things That Attract Rodents To Your
West Phoenix Property
Every creature has an internal logic of their own — a set of instincts that drive their movements
and actions. One of the most constant driving instincts of any pest comes as they follow their
noses (or other senses) toward attractors. What are these attractors and how do you avoid leaving
them to draw rodents into your West Phoenix home? Here are four key examples:
1. Food: Rodents, like humans, are omnivores, meaning they commonly consume leaves,
meat, and everything in between. Dry food, wet food, baby food, pet food, and trash — all of
these and more can serve as sustenance for hungry rodents. If you don’t want them
attracting rats or mice, you’ll need to seal them up tight. Use plastic or glass containers
for your food and lids on all your trash bins.
2. Moisture: Every living thing needs water, even more so than food, and rodents are no
exception. Whether it's a leaky pipe, leftovers in your tubs or sinks, or a pet’s unattended
water bowl, resourceful rodents will have no trouble finding sources of moisture in your
West Phoenix home. Be sure to fix any drips and regularly dump out untouched bowls of
3. Warmth: Being warm-blooded mammals with built-in fur coats, rodents have less reason
than most pests to invade your home during the winter season, but that doesn’t mean they
won’t! This doesn’t mean you need to freeze yourself in when the cold comes, but it
might not hurt to leave the heater off in rooms you won’t visit often.
4. Nesting material: The rodent is a very resourceful creature indeed, and their nests can get
quite creative when old twigs, leaves, and the like are unavailable. Materials like paper,
cotton, feathers, wires, and more; really, anything you might leave lying about the house.
Be conscious of cluttered areas and keep your floors free of debris.
How Do I Keep Rodents From Getting Into My West
Removing attractors is an effective first step, but if you want to ward rodents away fully, you
need to be able to identify and seal up potential entry ways. Here are four tips to help you know
how to keep these pests on the outside of your West Phoenix house:
Check around the foundation of your home, and a few inches above. Watch out for dips
on the ground or gaps and holes along the walls inches above, and fill in anything that
looks suspicious immediately.
Seal up your doorways. The tiny, seemingly inconspicuous space under your door is
more than enough room for a mouse, or rat for that matter, to squeeze under. Whether
you install a stopper or sweeper, this space should be sealed up.
Rats and mice are expert climbers, so don’t keep your search exclusively low. Check for
holes near your gutters and spaces between the panels on your roof and seal any openings
as soon as possible.
Be mindful of any bush, log, or branch that brushes up against your home. They might
just provide cover for rodents as they sneak through your yard and cover up entry points
into the building.
Want an extra rodent prevention tip for free?
There’s no strategy more effective at removing rats and mice than the expert assistance of a pest control specialist. If you want to keep your West Phoenix home safe and pest-free, call Triton Pest Control today at (623) 745-3111.