If you are living in a drought ridden area such as Western Kansas, you just might be plagued with these unwanted housemates. I've been talking to quite a few people in our area who are now declaring war on these nasties. I just spoke with a pest control specialist. He told me that M--A--N--Y people are horrifed to discover that they are hosting these critters in their own homes now. The cause? These pests and other wildlife have packed up and are moving into towns and cities in search of water and food. The grass, weeds, etc that they rely on for life have dried up and blown away.
What can we do to arm our homes and businesses?
1. Make sure that there are no holes in your yards or other areas that surround your buildings. Fill them with dirt, concrete or sand. Sand works well. Anytime an animal tries to dig through it, the sand collapses therefore no hole can be dug.
2. Look for any areas around doors and windows for open or loose gaps. Fill them with weather stripping or caulking of a sort that will survive moisture, heat and drought. By doing this, you will bar out flies, etc too. You just might even notice a major savings on your utility bills because heat and cold will stay outside where they belong.
3. Your local hardware store will supply customers with products that will seal their buildings up as well as poisons, live release traps, spring and glue mice traps. If you prefer, give your local pest control company a call to help you.
4. Keep your grasses, plants, weeds, etc that are close to your house down low. They are the perfect haven for pests of all kinds.
I learned that if you'll look at the width of the end of your pinkie, you'll identify the size of hole that will allow a mouse into your house, etc. The width of the end of your thump is all it takes to allow a RAT access to your home! Of course, bugs don't even need that much space to enter your property.
Be prepared and tae action.