The Places in Your Home You’re Most Likely to Find Rodents—and How to Keep Them Out

Nancy Tannehill

Nancy Tannehill

As a listing agent in the Northern Michigan area’s of Bay Harbor, Charlevoix, Boyne City, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Torch Lake, my extensive knowledge of the area and negotiating skills gives Sellers the opportunity to get the maximum value for their property. For Buyers, I will search until I find the perfect home and then negotiate the best possible deal.

A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of the walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door. And the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there. It is about your life and dreams.

I have a love and appreciation for our Troops and Veterans. Being a supporter to organizations such as Toys for Tots and Tunnels2towers. Patriotism, national pride, and love of her country are some examples of her devotions. A lover of all things Michigan, I live in Downtown Charlevoix, with my husband Tavis, our Chihuahua’s Bear, Copper and Dachshund who wishes to remain anonymous (Minnie).

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Rodents can squeeze through extremely small spaces — as small as ¼ inch wide — so if your property has any vulnerable areas (like a small crack), rodents can squeeze their way into your home.

recent article from realtor.com outlined some of the places in and on your property where rodents may try to make themselves at home and, more importantly, how to prevent them from doing so, including:

  • Garage. If your garage door isn’t properly sealed, it can be easy for rodents to squeeze inside and set up shop in a corner or storage box. To keep rodents out, test your door seal. During the daylight hours, turn off all the lights and look at the garage door; if any sunlight peeks through, it’s time to reseal.
  • Kitchen pantry. Your pantry is full of food, which is why it tends to attract rodents. To keep rodents out, make sure to seal up any cracks, holes, or entryways into your pantry. Consider keeping food in tightly-sealed containers, which can deter rodents. For example, instead of keeping cereal in a cardboard box—which rodents can easily chew through—consider putting it in a sealed plastic container.
  • Attic. Rodents are also attracted to attics, which are full of nesting materials like insulation. Make sure to find and close any entry points to your attic; not only can rodents wreak havoc on your insulation, but they can also chew through electrical wiring, which could present a fire hazard.