As far as your home is concerned, mice and rats look for the basics: food, water and shelter. Find tips to keep these annoying critters from thinking your home is their home.
Cover trash cans
with snug, metal lids (mice can gnaw through plastic).
Store pet & bird food
in tightly sealed glass or metal containers.
Elevate your compost container
at least 1 foot off the ground.
Pick up around fruit trees
so fallen fruit or nuts don't remain on the ground.
Clean up your garage
tightly contain lawn seed, tulip bulbs and bone meal.
Inspect your house
for broken windows, damaged sills or siding and foundation cracks.
Seal or screen over gaps
around pipes and stove, dryer and foundation vents.
to keep pests from climbing up your siding and getting into the attic.
Eliminate hiding places
by removing ivy, trimming shrubs and bushes off the ground and away from the home foundation and elevating firewood.