Mice, rats, squirrels and chipmunks. Most homeowners have had a run-in with these critters, and for some it seems like it might be a losing battle. There are many issues that you can experience because of having a rodent infestation. They can carry disease, they destroy building material when tunneling, they might eat food if they make it into your cupboards and they could cause electrical issues when chewing on electrical cables.
For all these reasons, it is good to be on the lookout for rodents and preventing them from getting a foothold in the first place. While no home is completely sealed up, you should be aware of potential entry-points for rodents and do your best to ensure that they are blocked with a metal mesh cover or something similar that will not allow rodents through.
It is important to be careful about how you store food in your home to avoid attracting pests. Food should be in sealed containers. Some types of plastic bags don’t do a good enough job at blocking out smells, and rodents can chew through plastic.