Whether you’ve encountered a mouse scampering along your kitchen floor or a rat chewing on your electrical cords, rodents can cause any homeowner endless headaches. As soon as you notice a rodent in your home, and to keep rats and mice away for good, it’s necessary to call a rodent removal company, like Pest Solutions, that has a thorough understanding of how and why rats and mice have invaded your property.
Even the way that they nest can compromise the structure of any building. You may not even know if you have a mouse/rat infestation. When the population of an infestation is low, they are pretty good at keeping themselves hidden.
Rats and mice are typical pest animals in a home. Proximity to water and buildings with plenty of entry holes allow the pests to travel freely and breed rapidly. In homes, a mouse or rat may contaminate food with waste, spread disease, and destroy property.
When it comes to a mouse or rat infestation the most obvious sign will be the presence of living or dead mice/rats. Other signs to look for are noises such as scurrying, droppings and dirt or grease marks along the floorboards or walls. Rats and mice also like to chew on wood and plastic items. So, if you see any holes in your walls or floorboards then this is a pretty good sign that you are dealing with an infestation.
These pests also leave behind dander, which can cause allergic reactions such as hives or asthma attacks. When rodents get into your cabinets and pantries, they contaminate food items as they chew through boxes and leave behind urine and feces. Eating or touching contaminated items puts you in direct contact with infectious rodent-borne diseases such as rat-bite fever.
Because a rodent’s incisors never stop growing, it must gnaw on things to wear down its teeth; otherwise, the incisors may grow through its jaw and prevent the rodent from opening its mouth. From drywall to hardwood, a rodent can chew through most anything, making the walls and other objects in your home perfect for wearing down its teeth. It can also chew through wires, causing short circuits or potential fires under the right conditions. If squirrels or mice get into your attic or basement, they will chew holes in your boxes and build nests within furniture, clothing, and the walls.
Because female rodents such as rats can breed as many as 15 times in one year, it won’t take long before a colony has infested your home through the fall and the winter. Mice can have up to 35 babies in one year. At Pest Solutions we will determine the best type of trap, placement of trap, and the best bait to use.
Some of the most common places that you might find mice/rats inside your house are in the insulation of walls and ceilings, crawl spaces, attics, basements, near the hot water heater and furnace, behind cupboards, shower stalls, and counters.
The best way to prevent a mouse/rat infestation is to know what caused the infestation in the first place. These rodents are attracted to garbage. So, if you left your lids loose on your garbage cans, then it is possible that this action attracted the rodents. If you leave uneaten pet food or bird food lying around the house or even fruits and berries, this can also attract them. Dog droppings can even attract rats. So, if you have a cute little doggy that like to use the bathroom on the lawn make sure you clean it up immediately otherwise you might end up with an infestation. Also, caulking cracks, capping chimneys, and installing mesh over vents will help prevent these nasty rodents from entering your home.
Before you start thinking about treatments, you need to know that a full feed rat or mouse will not be interested in eating bait or poison. This means that you are going to have to eliminate their food source first. This could mean keeping those garbage can lids tightly closed. It could mean cleaning up thoroughly after every meal. Make sure that you do not leave any dirty dishes stacked up in the sink.
Rodent prevention and elimination are not a job for amateurs. If you have them, you’re almost certainly going to need a rat and mice exterminator help get rid of them. Call Pest Solutions today to help eliminate these nasty rodents.