September

29

2011

 
Rat entering a Hawaii home through the front door

Do mice and rats have easy access to your home?

If you’ve ever experienced a rodent problem in your home, you probably already know that setting traps is not enough to curb the pest activity. Even as you clear one trap, more rodents are likely to be foraging somewhere else in your home. At Sandwich Isle, we understand that you must correct the conditions in your home and on your property that attract these pests in the first place to eliminate rodent activity as well as prevent future infestation.

Before we discuss prevention measures, let’s identify the culprits. In Hawaii, the house mouse and roof rat are the two rodents most likely to infiltrate homes. That’s because they like to be near humans in order to access a ready supply of food and use our homes as shelter. To prevent these nuisance and damaging rodents from chewing on electrical wires, causing serious structural damage to your home and exposing your family to over 30 different diseases, Sandwich Isle offers some pest control suggestions for rodent-proofing your home:

  • Store people and pet food in airtight containers

  • Clean up any spills and crumbs on counters and floors

  • Sweep or vacuum under appliances regularly

  • Empty trash cans often

  • Seal any gaps, cracks or crevices in the foundation and around utilities and pipes

  • Apply weather stripping around doors and windows

  • Replace or repair screens and seal off pet doors

  • Keep shrubs and tree limbs trimmed away from your house to prevent a “bridge” to your home

  • Store woodpiles several feet from your home and off the ground

  • Remove bird feeders and other sources of food from your yard

  • Do not keep pet food outside overnight or for extended periods

  • Store holiday decoration and other items in heavy duty containers that can withstand gnawing rather than cardboard boxes

  • Repair leaking pipes and appliances

  • Consider running a dehumidifier in your basement and other areas where moisture is a problem

To learn more about pest-proofing your home for mice and rats or to learn how Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, a Hawaii pest control company serving Big Island, Maui, Oahu and neighbor islands, can help you resolve rodent problems, please give us a call at 808-757-9867. You can also click here if you would like us to contact you!