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Four Helpful Rodent Prevention Tips For Phoenix Homeowners

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

Phoenix Home?

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.

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