Many homeowners battle the same cycle every year – rodents start coming inside during the Fall, snap traps are set throughout the winter and then rodents start spending more time outside during the spring/summer. To be proactive in the Fall, some homeowners try the following home remedies to solve their rodent activity themselves. Unfortunately, success is often limited.
RODENT ENTRY POINT REPAIR USING STEEL WOOL & SPRAY FOAM:
Many DIY sites recommend sealing rodent entry points as a way to prevent or deter interior activity. While such repair work is a good idea, the materials used for the repair can make or break the success. Two of the most common materials recommended for use by these DIY sites are steel wool and spray foam. Therefore, many homeowners and even some professionals will use them for repairs, but the truth is neither steel wool nor spray foam can withstand a determined rodent.
Spray foam can be easily chewed through and steel wool breaks down over time allowing rodents to chew through it. While doing repairs with these materials may provide temporary results, they will be short lived.
REPELLING RODENTS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS AND SCENT BAGS:
Another common home remedy recommendation is the use of peppermint oil and various scents to deter rodents from entering or nesting inside a home. The oils are often placed in corners, around appliances, in utility closets or in attic spaces and the theory is that the smell will be averse to rodents causing them to leave. Unfortunately, animals can adjust to and become accustomed to smells over time. So peppermint oil may be initially repelling to rodents but over the course of weeks or months they may begin to ignore it.
REPELLING RODENTS USING SONIC DEVICES:
Much like scent deterrents, auditory deterrents are marketed as a product that repels rodents by creating an unpleasant habitat. The theory is that the sound waves emitted by the devices will be disruptive to the rodents nesting and feeding habits. Very little scientific data supports these claims and experienced pest management professionals find that rodents are often unaffected by the sounds. While the devices can be a relatively inexpensive DIY treatment, getting professional assistance will achieve better results.