When it comes to taking care of rodents and pests, prevention methods are the key to keeping your home pest free. However, even with the best preventative and exclusion techniques, rodents and insects still make their way into your home.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), “rodents invade about 21 million homes each winter. In fact, 24 percent of homeowners report mice and rat infestations during the winter months.”
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU MAY HAVE A MICE OR RAT INFESTATION?
Since most rodents are nocturnal animals, it is very important to understand and look for signs that may suggest you have an infestation. The first and probably most prominent sign is to see if you notice any small, brown droppings on your floor, in drawers, in cabinets, under cushions, etc. Another sign of an infestation may include sounds. If you think you have an infestation, then listen carefully at night when you have turned out all of the lights. Do you hear the sounds of something screeching and scurrying? Because many infestations occur during the winter months, you may also notice areas where the rodents have gained entry into the home or are beginning to burrow such as air ducts, the attic, and the walls.
During an inspection of your home for possible rodent infestations, a Hopper Pest Professional will look for a total of eleven things during their inspection. These include: