DO Try This At Home
Life in the Pest Lane
Roof rats are notorious for climbing trees and vines next to homes and can jump from this expressway to your roof and eaves. Keep bushes and trees trimmed away from your walls and eaves. Do not allow leaf litter and debris to accumulate around entryways to your home. Earwigs and sow bugs proliferate in yard waste and will end up entering your home.
Pet Food = Pest Food
Do not leave dog or cat food out because rats and other pests are attracted to it. When Fluffy or Rover declines to eat more, get rid of the food lest it become a rat smorgasbord!
Slugs, Snails & Rodent Tails
Treat for snails and slugs with quality bait. There are products available that do not harm pets and actually fertilize your plants as well! Rats love to eat snails, and a hefty population of snails will attract rodents. You can tell if rats are feeding on snails by looking at the empty shells; rats gnaw off the cap portion and eat the interior.
Don't Let My Bed Bugs Bite!
Never pick up used furniture from garage sales, consignment stores or furniture on the side of the road without having it treated for bedbugs. Bedbugs can survive for many, many months without food. They are small and very difficult to detect until you drag those end tables home, and end up with tiny bites all over your body.
Most plants and animals resist pests best when they are in good health. Therefore, keeping a potential host healthy can help prevent pest damage. Harvest all fruit and dead branches from trees and pick up any rotten or dropped fruit on the ground. This also helps keep fungus and bacterial diseases of your trees at bay, so it is a good practice regardless of whether or not you have a rat problem.