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To help prevent rats and mice from taking over your home, CDI Pest Management suggests that homeowners take these simple steps to prevent rodent infestation:

  • Keep a clean house - Wash dishes and cooking utensils immediately after use. Dispose of any trash and clutter.
  • Store food and water properly - Keep all food, water and garbage in metal or thick plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. Never leave food or water out overnight, even for your pets.
  • Keep the areas surrounding your home well maintained - Trim bushes, hedges and plant debris away from your home's foundation to avoid rodent nesting.
  • Seal up potential entrances - Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime, so it is wise to seal up potential entrances to your home with sheet metal, steel wool or cement. Pay particular attention to spaces around pipes, vents and ducts.
  • Remove items that are potential nesting sites - Remove stacks of newspapers, cardboard boxes, firewood, lumber and building supplies from shelves and floors.