Suspicious about a little extra scratching and scampering you hear around your home? You could have a rodent problem. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify whether or not you have a rodent living in your home, but once you start to notice the damage and droppings they leave behind you will want them gone!
Often times, rodents will not be in plain sight, and they do not like to stay in frequently occupied areas. Their favorite hiding spots include all the spots you are checking the least, like attics, garages or storage areas, closets, inside of walls, and sometimes the kitchen. It’s easy for small mice, squirrels or rats to find small cracks and crannies to squeeze their tiny bodies through and make a nice home in your attic. Their active hours are during the nighttime, so if you hear crawling and scratching noises coming from above, you can easily identify the issue!
A good practice is to check your walls for small cracks and holes that would be easy for mice and rats to slip into. They take advantage of these holes and make homes inside the walls, crawling around looking for nesting materials and destroying your home. Often times, rodents can get into your walls and pass away, leaving you with a deathly odor, trying to figure out where it is coming from! Inspect baseboards, exterior walls, etc. and make sure to make immediate repairs in order to prevent an infestation.
Garages, storage closets, and sheds are all also common hiding spots for rodents. Many times these areas of a home can be cluttered with storage, boxes, and other forgotten items, and are not being visited frequently. Cardboard boxes are especially inviting for rodents and other unwanted pests, so using sturdy plastic storage bins is a better way to store your belongings long term. Make sure to visit these areas on a regular basis and look for signs of rodents because once they have found a home in your storage, they can become extremely destructive, potentially causing thousands of dollars of damage.
And finally, the kitchen. Rodents want food!! Being near food and water resources when selecting their tiny rodent home is a huge bonus. Many times mice and rats will make homes behind appliances or any tucked away limited access area they can find. Keeping a tidy kitchen can be huge when it comes to discouraging a rodent infestation. A house full of forgotten crumbs and sticky residue is the perfect feeding ground for rodents. Keep it clean and make sure your food is stored properly! You don't want to find mice droppings in your cereal box in the morning.
Of course, rodent infestations can happen to anyone, and Hopper Termite and Pest just so happen to be experts on the issue! If you believe you are seeing signs of rodent activity, it is always a good idea to attack the issue early and give us a call. We will inspect your home, and come up with a solution to rid you of your problem. We can do this safely, quickly and affordably, and we guarantee total elimination of the issue. We also make sanitation recommendations, and other practical treatments to eliminate and prevent any pest control issues in your home.
It’s getting cold and there are creatures out there looking for warm places to live! The National Pest Management Association estimates that about 21 million homes are invaded by rodents in the winter… gross. You don’t want to be worried about hiding your rat problem while your family visits for the holidays. Thankfully, Hopper Termite and Pest is here to give you some advice on what you can do to prevent rodent infestations this winter.
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM??
The outside.. Duh! But there are some common locations that rats and mice like to enter your home. You want to find potential spots they could enter from and make sure to cover these areas to make sure they can’t come in. Places to watch out for are below:
• Broken or missing foundation vent screens
• Broken or missing attic vent screens
• Overlapping roof tiles
• Open wooden meter boxes (in older homes)
• Spaces between the roof jack and vent pipe
• Under or on sides of your garage door
• Brick chimneys which have settled away from the house
• Crawl holes with poorly fitted lids
• Broken or open building sewers which connect to the main sanitary sewer
• Even sometimes through toilets!
WHAT CAN I DO?
Rodents are more than just unwanted visitors. They can carry disease and can cause damage to your home’s structure, any electric wiring, clothes or boxes in storage, etc. Not to mention all the scampering you hear around the house at night. You want to keep them out! Preventing them from entering can be easy if you make a regular habit of these few simple suggestions: