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If you’ve ever experienced a rodent problem in your home, chances are you’d rather not go through it again. Mice and rats are notoriously difficult to eliminate and can quickly become a homeowner’s worst nightmare, so when temperatures start to drop, it’s time for rodent-proofing. Here are some tips for letting these persistent pests know they are not welcome to cozy up in your Massachusetts home this fall.

Rodent-Proofing Your Home this Fall Massachusetts Rhode Island

Eliminate Food and Water Sources

  • Store food in airtight containers, including pet food.
  • Keep pet dishes off the floor when possible.
  • Regularly wipe down counters and inside cabinets; vacuum or sweep food prep and dining areas.
  • Take trash out regularly and make sure receptacles are sealed.

Take Away Their Shelter

  • Keep clutter to a minimum indoors and out; when possible, storage items and boxes should be kept on shelves or otherwise off the floor.
  • Store firewood away from the home and elevated from the ground if possible.
  • Keep plants trimmed and mulch beds free of debris; make sure tree branches do not touch your home.

Deny Access

  • Seal cracks and crevices in foundation and openings around pipes and utility chases – Mice need an opening only the size of a dime to gain access.
  • Ensure doors and windows close tightly and screens are intact.


Sometimes, even the most diligent of DIY-ers have trouble keeping rodents away; that’s when it’s time to call the professionals. The expert team at Burgess Pest Management comes armed with nearly a century of experience and the latest technology to keep mice and rats at bay - From Pad Protection Plans to Home Sealer & Sanitizer and insulation cleanouts with TAP® Pest Control Insulation, we’ve got a plan to keep you rodent-free this fall.

For even more tips and information, download a free copy of our 2021 Fall Pest Guide!

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