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How to keep rats out of your yard

If rodents have made a home in your yard, it’s only a matter of time before they find their way indoors. While preventing an outdoor infestation might seem challenging, strategic preparation can effectively keep rats out of your yard and, consequently, your home. Here are key focal points for keeping rodents at bay in your yard:

  • Maintain a Tidy Landscape: A well-kept yard is a deterrent for rodents. Regularly tidy up, ensuring trash and leftover food are promptly removed.
  • Woodpile Placement: Keep wood piles away from your home, as they can provide convenient shelter for rodents seeking entry.
  • Structural Maintenance: Ensure sheds and other structures are in good condition, sealing any potential entry points.
Rat on lawn

Why Are Rats Attracted to My Yard?

Rodents are drawn to environments offering ample food, shelter, and water—criteria often met in your landscape. Some of the most common reasons why rodents infest yards include:

  • Fruit Trees: Fallen fruit, especially in summer and autumn, serves as a prime food source. Harvesting early and promptly cleaning up fallen fruit can deter pests.
  • Water Sources: Leaks, excessive irrigation, or flowing water features provide water, attracting rodents.
  • Trash: Rats are attracted to garbage. Use tightly lidded bins for refuse and avoid leaving trash exposed.
  • Pet Food: Pet food bowls left outside can attract rodents. Ensure you don’t leave food out and clean up scraps promptly.
  • Overgrowth: Clutter and tall grass offer hiding spots, making your yard more appealing to rodents.

Tips for Keeping Rodents Out of Your Car

Especially in the winter when temperatures are low, rodents will seek any sort of warmth and shelter they can find – including cars. The last thing you want is to discover that mice or rats have taken over your ride. To prevent this:

  • Use essential oils like peppermint or cedarwood as deterrents.
  • Place mouse traps near your car when not in use.
  • Keep the hood open, deterring rodents with a colder environment.
  • Avoid leaving trash or food inside the car and move or start the car regularly.

How to Get Rodents Out of Your Yard

Outdoor infestations pose challenges due to limited control over the landscape. While there are steps to make your property less appealing, professional rodent control remains the most effective solution.

For reliable assistance in handling yard rodent issues, turn to Suburban Exterminating. With 63 years serving the Suffolk County & Nassau County community, our licensed exterminators employ industry-leading practices for enduring results. Reach out to learn more or get started with us!

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