How To Keep Rodents Out Of Your Hawaii Home Or Business

Are you hearing scratching, squeaking, and bumping noises inside your walls? Are you finding droppings in the backs of your restaurant kitchen drawers? Are you finding food packages in your pantry or cabinets that have chew holes? These are all signs that rodents have gotten into your home or business, and it is time to call a professional. But, if rodents haven't invaded yet, there are some things you can do to make your structure less inviting and deter these dirty foragers.

Property And Yard Tips

  • Seal your trash. Rodents love trash. If they can get into your trash receptacles, they will be happy to stick around. Make sure all your garbage containers are either stored inside a secure garage or shed, or have tight fitting lids. If your lids are loose, try securing them with a bungee cord or other fastener. This will also deter other trash invading animals.

  • Trim your lawn and remove areas of overgrown weeds. Rodents love to hide in overgrown vegetation. If your property is neatly trimmed with no place to hide, they will be more inclined to look for someone else's yard to invade.

  • Move any piles of construction materials, or any other item that a rodent might hide inside, as far from your home or business as possible. Remove any yard waste, leaf piles, toys, old appliances, or any other item where a rodent might find a haven. If you have items that you cannot part with, consider placing a shed or other shelter at least 20 feet from your home where they can be stored.

  • If you have seen rodents on your property, make sure to clean up any areas of urine with a bleach product. The smell of rodent urine is strong. If other rodents catch wind of it, they will definitely come around to check it out.

The Outside Of Your House Or Business

  • Seal any gaps, cracks, or holes you find in your foundation, walls, or roof area. If you cannot get these properly fixed, a quick fix is to use a caulking gun to seal up those areas.

  • Pay special attention to places where wires, pipes, air conditioning units, or other objects pass through your structure. If possible, look in hard-to-reach places, such as under porches, and behind stairs.

  • Pay attention to screens, door sweeps, and basement windows. If you find any screens absent or damaged, either replace them with new ones or repair them with a kit. If you do not have door sweeps, consider installing them. If you do, inspect them and make sure they make a good connection all the way across. Examine the mortar around your basement windows and seal any gaps or cracks you find.

  • Cover vent or chimney openings. For this, you can use hardware cloth or wire mesh. Take note that large rodents are able to chew through a thin mesh, and even cement.

  • Trim back vegetation. If you have any tree branches, bushes, vines, or other vegetation that comes in close to your walls or roof areas, trim them back as far as possible, so rodents, other animals, and insects cannot use them as bridges to reach your home or business.

  • Repair your roof area. Seal any places where shingles are damaged or missing, gaps around chimneys, or unprotected soffits. Place wire mesh inside downspouts. This will keep animals from crawling up inside them and gaining access to your roof areas.

  • Remove outside food sources. Clean up after parties and barbecues, don't leave pet food outside, and consider keeping any bird feeders well away from your exterior walls. If you have vegetable gardens or fruit trees, keep these neat and free of leftover vegetables or fruit that will draw rodents in. It is also a good idea to protect these with fencing.

Inside

  • Make sure your home or business is clean and clutter free so rodents don't have a place to hide.

  • Place all stored foods either inside a refrigerator or freezer, or inside containers that have a tight fitting seal, such as plastic or glass. Rodents have no problem chewing through paper, plastic, or cardboard.

If you need help removing rodents, or sealing them out of your Hawaii home or business, contact the pest professionals at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions today.