6 Common Rodent Entry Points

And How to Help Block Them


You picked your home because it’s a warm, dry place you can gather and raise a family. This is also why rodents choose to move in—especially in the colder months. There are several ways to block rodent entry points around your home and keep it safe from infestations.

Various Rodent Entry Points

Not many people leave their doors open and invite mice, rats, and other rodents into their home. Rodents don’t mind, they have other ways of getting in and take the open entry point as an open invitation. Here are some of the more common areas of entry:

  • Roof. Not only can rodents chew through the roof and enter your home, but you’ll also have to deal with the leaks that could also occur.
  • Chimney. Pay close attention to the base.
  • Attic/Ceiling. Signs of damage may be visible with the lights on, but also look for beams of light in the darkness to pinpoint a possible entry area. Also, seal attic vents with special screens to keep the rodents out but the air flowing.
  • Garage. Getting in at ground level is easiest for most rodents. There’s also a higher potential for nesting material and a food and water source. Look for droppings or shredded paper—a popular nesting material.
  • Walls and exterior siding. Many rodents hide within the walls and come out at night to search for food.
  • Exterior clutter (woodpiles, tires, etc.). Any enclosed space can attract the rodent, and bring them closer, and more likely, to venture into the house.

Foundations, pillars, ground-level vents, and drainage pipes are also areas targeted by pests. Look for any cracks, openings, and signs of chewing around these areas and patch them up.

Professional Pest Control

If you start finding evidence of rodent entry in multiple areas, it may be a sign that the infestation has grown too much for a simple patch. Calling a professional can help with larger problems and prevent them from getting any worse. Contact Cardinal Lawns if you think too many rodents have found their way into your home this season.

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