WHILE THE CAT’S AWAY, THE MICE WILL DEFINITELY PLAY! This is the time of year that rodents are known to invade our homes. The most common are mice, chipmunks and squirrels. These rodents can invade during any season, but they are more likely to make their way inside when temperatures drop.
Mice can access a home through holes the size of a dime. If they find a hole that is too small, they are equipped with strong front teeth that can chew through to make it large enough to enter. Mice target windows and door frames, weather stripping and door sweeps, gaps around plumbing and electrical conduits as well as gaps under garage doors.
Once they find their way into your home, rodents can do all kinds of damage. They cause damage to building materials, insulation, clothing, books and furniture. They contaminate food items, leave feces & urine everywhere they go, can drop flea eggs and tick nymphs on your carpet and can be a mechanical vector for harmful bacteria & disease.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO TRY TO EXCLUDE RODENTS FROM YOUR HOME:
REMOVE ATTRACTANTS – Consider moving construction materials, wood piles and stored items away from your exterior walls. This includes water sources and overgrown vegetation. Keeping your yard and exterior clear can help from attracting unwanted pests.
MONITOR FOR ACTIVITY – It is important to do regular inspections of your home for signs of rodents. Inspect for droppings left in cupboards, chewing damage, the smell of urine, holes dug in the ground and grease marks on walls.
SEAL EXTERIOR WALLS – Mice will search for entry points along the exterior of your home. Inspect your home for wood rot, insect damage, small holes near electrical wires and plumbing and window and door frames. Repair any openings as soon as possible.
TRAPPING AND BAITING – There are many products on the market that homeowners can buy. Some are more effective than others.
PROFESSIONAL HELP – The best way to deal with these issues is to contact a professional. Removing rodents and keeping them out can be extremely difficult without training in rodent control, behavior and exclusion. Look for a company that uses the latest technology to control and remove rodents and prevent future infestations. Ask if they specialize in locating and sealing entry points, on top of getting rid of any current issue.