You will be preparing your backyard for the task of keeping it warm. In the process, it is important to note that a warm backyard may attract some rodent, a creature that always bothers many homeowners because of the many hidden dangers they pose.
Now you need to develop a backyard rodent control plan to avoid letting rodents invade your backyard this winter.
The Threat of Rodents to Your Backyard
Rodents pose a threat to backyard property and human health. They nibble on wires, seeds, plants, etc., and you won't want to eat backyard vegetables and fruits with rat marks. In winter, they may make their home in a warm corner of the yard and emit an unpleasant odor. Moreover, they carry a variety of dreaded germs that can make gardeners with asthma and allergies unwell.
Clues to a Mouse Infestation
Strange behavior of pets. When you notice your dog barking at a corner or your cat taking a special interest in a certain place, you should pay attention.
Strange rubbing noises at night. Rats like to be out at night, and they make subtle noises when they rummage through objects.
Mouse droppings were found in the garage or storage room. rodent may leave their droppings in a relatively confined space.
Pieces of vegetables or fruit that should not be there. If you find vegetable or fruit debris in places other than your garden, it means your plants are attracting these unwanted visitors.
Traces of nesting. rodent may use scraps of paper, fabric, pet hair, and various insulating materials to build a nest in a hidden part of your yard. If you find these traces, it's time to act.
Backyard Greenhouse Rodent Control
In the winter, gardeners set up heaters and humidifiers in the backyard greenhouse to keep plants healthy. The warm indoor environment makes your greenhouse a perfect feeding ground and nesting site for rodent.
(Mice in apple)
If rodent make a home in your greenhouse, they will nibble on your plants, burrow into your carefully designed compost pile, and you won't be able to find them as easily and as quickly as you would like. How to get rid of rodents is a tricky problem for every gardener.
Four Ways for Your Greenhouse Rodent Control
- Remove gardening debris, wood chips, and other household garbage from around the greenhouse. It is necessary to set up an airtight trash can and throw all your backyard trash into this trash can and clean it up daily.
- Inside your greenhouse, you should regularly clean up all kinds of plant debris and prune your plants regularly. You would be wise to store plant seeds and other gardening supplies in an airtight container.
- Replace broken greenhouse doors and windows on time to prevent rodents from entering these areas. Fill cracks and holes with metal mesh while ensuring proper ventilation of the greenhouse.
- Choose a multi-purpose greenhouse. Quictent 10x20 heavy-duty garden greenhouse helps you to control the rodent invasion. There are ten vents on both sides of the 10x20 greenhouse and two doors. It is worth mentioning that the greenhouse door is designed with two doors in one. The combination of mesh door and zipper door ensures good ventilation and also excludes insects and rodents from disturbance. The ventilation greenhouse windows on both sides have widened Velcro straps for extra strength and durability.
RV Rodent Control
If you don't have an RV trip planned this winter, your RV will likely be in the yard all winter. However, you can't neglect your RV just because you don't have a trip planned; necessary maintenance is still important. Otherwise, your RV is likely to be targeted by rodents (because they can't find a warmer place) and make a home inside and destroy your RV.
How Do Rodents Invade RVs?
Rats are extremely experienced climbers, and they are very smart and have a good sense of smell and hearing. If you leave an opening in your RV (and you may not even notice it yourself), rodent may find it and use it as a breach to invade your RV. This is very likely to happen because your RV has many pipes and wires inside, so rodent can easily enter.
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While we are offered many ways to repel rodent, there is nothing easier than keeping them out and eliminating the potential for trouble afterward.
Four Ways for Your RV Rodent Control
- Keep your RV clean.rodent don't like a clean RV interior, so the cleaner your RV is, the less likely it is to be a target for rodent.
When you're not living in your RV, take away all trash, peels, crumbs, and other food scraps and do a big sweep. If there are any uneaten food items, you should store them in airtight containers.
In addition to food, you need to store all scented items, such as soap. Rats will not reject scented things.
- Seal all interior entrances and exterior entrances with caulk, steel wool, or spray foam. Sealing all possible gaps and entrances is the most effective way to keep rodent out. Before sealing, you should do a thorough inspection of both interior entrances and exterior entrances and then use some effective sealing methods. Spray foam and caulk are more permanent sealing solutions that work better. However, rodent have a harder time chewing steel wool, and, steel wool is easy to remove, so this is a good supplemental solution if you will be changing sealing methods later.
- An RV cover provides effective protection. After you've done all the inspections and sealing tasks, if you're still concerned about rodent access, an RV Cover can be the answer. the RV Cover provides complete protection from dust, rain, and snow, and also from critters like rodents.
For example, the Quictent Class C RV Cover is the perfect helper for RV owners.
Made of Super Non-Woven Plus, the RV Cover provides effective protection for RVs in winter. The PVC straps on both sides provide better wind protection and you can adjust them as needed, being careful not to leave them too loose (rodent can get into the RV through the gaps).
- Using RV lights at night. While there is no way to confirm the effects of RV lighting on rodents, it never hurts to try. Some users have reported that placing LED lights around the RV at night can help keep rodent out. As an aid, you can try this method.
Portable Building Rodent Control
For easy storage of bikes, weed whackers, and other items, you might set up a portable building in your backyard, such as a storage shed, portable garage, etc. In the fall and winter, these portable buildings are still a favorite place for rodent to visit.
When you notice chew marks on your plastic storage shed tarp, you should take immediate action and check every corner of the portable building.
If you haven't found any yet, it means your storage room or garage is probably safe for now. The best preventive measure is to regularly check your portable building for cracks or voids, and if there are any, fix them promptly.
Three Ways for Your Portable Building Rodent Control
- Keep the inside of your portable building clean and organized. It's essential to regularly clean out the junk in your storage as well as organize your belongings. Rats love to live in places that are dark and cluttered, and if your portable storage room is neat and orderly, they won't have any place to hide.
- Set up your portable building away from the garden. If rodents are interested in your plants, they may choose to live in your garden or a storage room next to it. If your portable building is not next to your garden, they will not be there. If you have a limited backyard area, try to space out your gardening area and storage.
- Build your pet's room in the backyard. Cats are natural enemies of rodent, and barking dogs can be a deterrent to rodents. If you have a cat or dog in your home, let these cute animals help you prevent or eliminate rodent.
Four Items to Help You Prevent Rodents Invasion
Natural rodent repellents
Apple cider vinegar and water. Mix apple cider vinegar and water and put it in a spray bottle, then spray the inside of your house and yard.
Chili pepper solution. Mixing chile flakes, detergent and water can make a chile solution that repels rodent. The cayenne pepper solution can irritate the eyes, nose, and mouth and should be used away from people and pets.
Ultrasonic devices are effective in keeping rodent away from your home and are not harmful to humans or pets.
Essential oils like peppermint and clove oil, which have a strong stimulating scent, can keep rodent away from your yard. The best way to use them is to soak a cotton ball with the essential oils and place it in an area where rodent are likely to be.
You can easily obtain rodent controllers or rodent exterminators at home improvement stores.
To make them more effective, you can use foods such as cheese and jam as bait.
Winter is the most active season for rodent, as this fearsome furry creature needs a warm home! Don't let your yard attract rodent, start paying attention and taking action now to reject the mouse invasion!