Seeing a rat or mouse running across the floor of your home is enough to send most people into a panic. If you’ve seen more than just the occasional mouse, rat or squirrel, you may have an actual rodent infestation on your hands. There are several potential reasons that you may have rodents roaming about in your home. Below we will discuss the most common causes and how to remedy the issue.
The most common reason behind a rodent infestation is easy access to your home. Rats, mice, and other rodents are always looking for a way to find food and shelter. Your home has a bunch of both of these elements, so if rodents find a way in, they’ll quickly make it their home too. If you’ve got rodents in your house, it’s time to take action.
Take a walk around and look closely at the walls on the inside and outside of your home. If you see any cracks, gaps, or holes, no matter how small, that is likely where they are coming in. An adult mouse can fit in a gap the size of a dime, so the tiniest space can cause a big problem for you.
You also should make sure you are keeping things as clean and organized both inside and outside as possible. Clutter is a huge draw for rodents. On the outside of your home, keep your grass length short and your landscaping cleared out from debris. Keep any firewood stored as far from the walls of your home as possible. Make sure your garbage cans are sealed up tight.
On the inside, minimize any clutter you might see. Never leave leftover food sitting out on counters, and make sure all food is stored in airtight containers. Keep counters and floors spill and crumb-free. The tidier your home, the fewer hiding spots and food sources rodents will find.
Once you’ve determined why you might have a rodent problem, it’s time to decide how you’re going to get rid of them. When trying to rid a home of mice or rats, snap traps are the most common solution. However, you’ll need to use a lot of them. Putting out one or two likely won’t get the job done. If the thought of using a trap is too much for you to handle, there are other options.
Setting out poisonous bait requires less effort on your part, and will take care of the job pretty effectively. Once the rodent ingests the bait, it will go off to die, either by hemorrhaging or by starvation. The bad thing about this is that it is possible that the animal will die within your walls, meaning you will have to deal with the smell.
If you don’t want to take a do-it-yourself approach, or you if you need the problem taken care of as quickly as possible, you should call your local pest control company. They will send out a qualified pest control technician who can figure out where the problem is originating, deal with the existing rodents, and take measures to prevent a future infestation. Rodents inside your home can cause major problems for you and your loved ones, and need to be dealt with immediately. Don’t hesitate to take action - call a pest control company today