Now that you have found and cleaned up all your own spilled food, it’s time to look to your pets. Any food that appeals to your dog or cat is also going to appeal to rats and mice.
Don’t overfeed your pets, or you will find that some of their food sits out for long periods of time. Keep their food in airtight containers—which will also keep it fresher—and feed them small amounts at a time. Also, picking up your pet’s feces is important as they can attract rats.
Taking steps to rat-proof your home in the fall will help reduce the likelihood of rats and mice moving in with you and your family, but if you do find yourself with a rodent infestation, remember that professional rodent control should be contacted to properly deal with it. You can hopefully keep rodents away on your own, but once you are looking at an infestation, it’s time for the professionals to step in.