Key Tips & Tricks for Keeping your Home Rodent Free
Rental properties could be a target for rodent infestation. These vermin are popular for causing damage to your property, spreading disease, and spoiling food. As a landowner, if you leave this issue unresolved, you’ll end up losing your tenants. It is important to address rodent concerns from several every angle for optimal control. Here are some of the best ways to keep your home in Denver rodent-free.
8 Tips for Keeping Rodents Away from Your Property
1. Keep the Garbage Sealed
As a landlord, you should require your tenants to seal bags or containers, as well as any kind of debris to be thrown away. It’s also important to pay extra consideration to sanitation and hygiene. By doing so, you will limit rodent food sources and make your property less appealing habitat.
2. Perform Annual Preventive Maintenance
Before winter sets in you should check the exterior of the building and see if there are any entry points. In case you find some you should seal them up using caulk, wood, caps, or cement. Additionally, make sure that the exhaust pipe from the dryer is well protected, because this could become the potential hiding place of various animals.
3. Examine the Roof
Make sure that you also inspect the roof of your property, as this could be an entryway for rodents. Check the chimneys, shingles, and ventilators for any gaps, breakages, or leaks. If there are gaps, make sure that you fill it up using material that rodents cannot chew through. As for the chimney, as much as possible, cap it to ensure that no rodents would be able to enter.
4. Cleanliness Should Be Your Main Priority
Aside from keeping rodent infestation at bay this is one of the many things you need to do to maintain your property. You have to make sure that the areas where food is prepared are thoroughly cleaned and there aren’t any crumbs or leftovers that would invite these pesky vermin. Make sure that the concealed areas in the kitchen are also cleaned, and if there is any unfinished food, this should be thrown away immediately.
5. Check the Garden
If the property you own has a garden, make sure that you check this area as well. There shouldn’t be any piles of garbage or overgrowth. Both of these are potential hiding places for rodents and they offer the perfect living condition for these creatures. If there are tree branches near your property, have them cut off. Rodents could crawl to these branches in order to get into the house.
6. Inspect the Foundation
Check the foundation for any cracks or openings and be sure to inspect the area where the foundation and siding meet for any gaps as well. If there are large enough holes (dime size) that could serve as an entryway for these creatures, make sure that you block them. Usually, metal, mortar or wire mesh is ideal for this. Keep in mind that if you are a landlord this is essential to keeping happy and healthy tenants. That means that you have to fully secure the property they are renting.
7. Check All the Possible Entry Points
You also have to check all the possible entry points in your property, such as the windows and doors. You have to ensure that the doors and windows close properly and there isn’t any gap between them. It doesn’t matter how small or how big the gap is, as long as there’s a hole, these tiny creatures can find a way on how they could crawl into. If there are any gaps, use metal kick plates to seal it up.
8. Don’t Overdo the Landscape
As a landlord you want to ensure that your property looks its best. However, you should also make it a point that whatever you plan on putting in the yard, this wouldn’t serve as a home for these rodents. That means that you should stay away from having a lot of plants (especially junipers), as this would turn into a rodent’s sanctuary later on. Keep everything simple and your tenants will thank you for that.
Unless it’s their pet rat or mouse in a cage, no one would want to have a close encounter with these creatures. Aside from being a nasty nuisance, rodents could spread disease, contaminate food, and even damage your property. That’s why as a landlord, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you keep rodents out of your tenant’s living space. Look to hire a professional pest control company in Denver to help you do so!
A special thanks goes out to Julie McGuire for providing this guest post! Feel free to call our office at (303) 683-9283 with any questions. If you are looking for any assistance with property management, be sure and reach out to McGuire Property Management!