Rodent infestations aren’t just destructive: they’re also extremely unsanitary and can increase your risk of contracting a disease. Unfortunately, a mouse or rat infestation can develop right under your nose in places where you don’t spend a lot of time, like closets, garages, storage sheds, and more.
That’s why we’ve put together the following tips to help you keep rodents out of your stored belongings, where you’re keeping them on your property or in a storage facility.
1. Whenever possible, store items in rigid, plastic containers.
Cardboard boxes provide next to zero protection against rodents’ sharp claws and teeth. Hard containers with tight-fitting lids are a much better deterrent when it comes to keeping mice and rats out of your clothes, seasonal decorations, and more.
2. Use peppermint oil as a rodent repellent.
Rats and mice hate the strong smell of peppermint oil, making it an effective repellent to use in your home, boat, or camper, or around your car’s engine bay. You can either buy a ready-made solution made with peppermint oil, or you can make your own spray:
- Simply combine ⅛ cup of water with ¼ cup of pure peppermint oil.
- Shake to combine.
- Spray on or around the items you want to protect.
- You can also spray it around rodent entry points into your home, garage, boat, car, or camper.
Additionally, you can make “rodent balls” by dipping cotton balls in peppermint oil and putting them around items you want to protect.
3. Keep things tidy and well-organized.
Crumbs and clutter are two things that rodents absolutely love. By decluttering, you’ll provide rodents with fewer places to hide. By sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping down your home’s storage areas, you’ll reduce the risk that any food remnants are left behind that might attract hungry rodents.
If you’re planning on storing your boat or RV for a while, make sure to remove all food from inside, clean the floor, and wipe down the counters and seats. Don’t forget to vacuum between the seat cushions.
4. Keep your boat covered tightly.
A snug cover is critical to prevent rodents from crawling over the sides and making a nest on your unoccupied boat. Even if mice or rats could technically chew through the cover, keep in mind that rodents are opportunistic: they’re much more likely to go for an uncovered boat than a covered one.
If your boat has a cowling, take an extra moment to double-check that the cowling is securely in place. Mice may try to squeeze into gaps between the top and base.
Rodent Control and Prevention Experts in Los Angeles
At Rodents Stop, we’re dedicated to providing effective rodent control solutions that take care of existing problems and prevent future infestations. We provide service in Los Angeles Ventura, Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino counties, so contact us today at (866) 290-9305!