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Keeping Pests Out: Rodent-Proofing Your Cottage Grove Rental Home

As winter is coming, so will those unwanted pests. One of the most common pest problems you and your Cottage Grove rental homes have to deal with are rodents. Much like humans, rodents do not want the cold weather too. Our houses typically have what they are looking for a warm place to live and a steady supply of food. Which is why for mice, squirrels, rats, or other pests, our home is their perfect go-to place.

Making sure these pests stay out of your Cottage Grove rental home can be tricky, but if you follow some of these fundamental solutions to fix your pest problem, you could be on your way to keeping your rentals rodent-free. For example, it’s vital to eliminate food sources that may attract unwanted rodents. Pet food, birdseed, grass seed, and fallen fruit from trees should be thoroughly cleaned up or stored in heavy plastic cans with airtight caps.

One more thing that you have to keep in mind to make sure those rodents will be kept out is to cover all possible entryways around the home’s foundation, eaves, and soffits. Any openings or holes should be filled with steel mesh, caulk, or plaster, and checked regularly to keep the seals intact. Soaking cotton balls with peppermint oil and putting them ideally in places where rodents could enter has also proven to work well and this method leaves a pleasant smell which is also good.

If your state requires you to provide pest control to your residents (many states do not obligate the owners of single-family rental homes to provide pest control so make sure to check your local statues) and natural methods are of no use to keeping the pests away from your property, you may need to consider traps or hire an exterminator to take care of your problem. Be aware though that by using traps, poisons, or other measures, you could put your residents and their pets in danger.

As a property owner, adding rodent-proofing to your lengthy list of winterizing tasks may seem like one heavy obligation too many. It can be challenging to remember to examine the foundations and eaves of each property, as well as monitor the home for its handling of potential pest-attracting food sources.

You could do it all yourself, or you could call Real Property Management Greater Madison Metro instead. We offer extensive property management programs that include monitoring and maintaining the integrity of your property to keep the rodents out and your residents happy. Keep your rental properties rodent-free all winter by contact our team of professionals today! Contact us online or call us at 608-310-1290 today and learn about all of our property management services.

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