As the temperatures begin to fluctuate throughout the fall and winter, little critters begin to find warm locations to secure their winter habitat. Rodents, including mice and rats, are pests that look for warm places that also include food and shelter to take up residence in. Your home is the perfect place for them to become temporary squatters. Don't make your home their permanent location to raise their families. If you've noticed some droppings, or seen a mouse or rat inside of your home, here are a few ways to get a rodent problem quickly under control.
Clean Things Up
One of the main things that rodents are attracted to is food and food scraps. If you store your garbage outside or have loose bags in your garage, rats and mice will be attracted to it as well as other invasive critters. Always keep your garbage sealed in a trash disposal or container. Indoors, clean up dinner messes right away and clear away crumbs left behind in your cupboards and cabinets. Food scraps will attract mice and invite them to make their permanent home indoors.
Secure The Perimeter
Keeping rodents out of your home means sealing up corners and cracks to ensure they can't get in. According to the New York State Department Of Health, mice can fit into tiny spaces as small as ¼ inch wide. You may not realize you have any spaces where they could find their way in, but be sure to check out these locations:
- Gaps between your crawlspace and flooring
- Attic areas between the ceiling tiles or drywall
- Loose areas of carpeting
- Spaces underneath doors and garage doors
- Uncaulked windows and door jambs
Using SPF or spray polyurethane foam insulation is one way to create an airtight seal around small gaps. Not only will it keep unwanted critters out, it will also reduce drafts and air loss in your home.
Set Up A Trapping System
If you believe you have an infestation already, your first thought is likely to eradicate the problem. Start by identifying if you have mice or rats or both. The first sign other than visual is their droppings. Mice droppings are tiny about the size of large-grain rice. If the droppings are larger, it could be from a rat. Using a combination of poison and mouse traps, either snap traps or sticky traps are the best defense.
Call A Pest Control Professional
When you can't control the infestation on your own, or you're unable to get rid of the rodents completely, it's time to call in the pros. A professional pest removal company will utilize poison, traps and other methods to get rid of the problem. They will also check for burrows and paths in which the rodents are entering and maneuvering around in your home. This is the best way to get rid of the problem and keep it from reoccurring.
Both mice and rats reproduce rapidly. This can lead to a severe infestation in which they can overrun your home, put your health at risk and leave a path of destruction behind. Call a pest control company today if you have questions as to whether or not you have a rodent problem in your home.