Rodent control – specifically – mice and rats, can prove to be a formidable foe for homeowners and renters alike. They typically gain entry to a home through cracks or holes in the exterior of their home. With their small heads and flexible bodies, rats and mice can sneak into a home through cracks and small openings that have gone unnoticed. They can also sneak in through sewer lines, poorly sealed drainage pipes, and entry holes around gas and plumbing lines. If home owners leave these areas unchecked, it is easy to wind up with an infestation, which can become unmanageable within a matter of months.
Rodents such as mice and rats emerge most frequently to search for food, so it is important to consider the cleanliness of your home, especially the kitchen. Homeowners should take care not to leave food out and to always eliminate crumbs.
Some of the identifying clues of a rodent infestation include scratching and biting within the walls and ceilings, appearance of droppings, and small holes in food packaging, boxes, or other suspicious holes in the home that look like bite marks, or ripped paper or materials that could be used to build rodent nests.
Rats and Mice breed quickly and can build populations in the hundreds within a month or two. It is important to act quickly at the first signs of an infestation, as colonies do not like to venture back outside once they have found a vulnerable place in the home that will allow them to sneak in.
Rats and Mice can cause very significant damage to every party of your home; from the foundation to floors and ceilings, an infestation can cause the destruction of each layer of a home. Because these rodents often nest within walls, it is not uncommon for them to destroy the interior structure of the walls; insulation and structure alike can be compromised. It is also worth noting that mouse and rat feces and urine are incredibly dangerous to any that may come in contact with them. These rodents carry bacteria and disease, and should be handled with care to prevent the release of toxic particles into the air or from being introduced into the body.
To eliminate an infestation, all entry points must be elimated or sealed, including those as small as the size of a pea. All food sources must be kept sealed carefully, at which point pest extermination can begin.
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