What can spread disease, ruin your belongings and make people climb on a table? Rodents! Mice and rats are the most common rodent pests in peoples’ homes, and they can be a real pain. Rodents are looking for two things in your home: food and shelter. During cold weather, they will do whatever they can to get into your house and stay warm. Unsealed trash, crumbs and open food also draw in rodents. If you think you may have a rodent problem, keep reading for some tell-tale signs.
Rodent droppings are small, brown and cylindrical. They can carry disease, so be careful to sweep them up and clean thoroughly if you find them. Droppings are generally found near food and water sources.
Look for teeth marks near food or water sources. Mice and rats will chew through cloth or plastic to get to food. They will also chew through wood and PVC pipe, which can cause a lot of damage to your home.
Shredded cardboard, cloth or paper is a clear sign of a rodent infestation. They chew up items like that to create a cozy nest for themselves and their babies.
Have your indoor pets been acting strangely? It could be a sign of rodents in your home. Our pets can smell rodents keenly and will be put on alert by their presence. If you notice your pet scratching at a certain corner or whining and barking in one room of your house, you may have a rodent problem in that area.
Protect your home
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes. Preventing rodents from entering your home is the best thing you can do. Seal off any openings around faucets or cracks in foundation or walls. If you have a basement or crawlspace under your home, look for any openings that rodents could squeeze through and seal them up with caulk. Remember, a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
Seal all food and garbage so that rodents won’t see your home as a food source. Make sure your pantry items like cereal, flour and sugar are put in plastic containers that close tightly. Don’t sit garbage bags outside or in your home. Put them straight into a garbage bin with a tight lid.
If you think you may have a rodent problem, give us a call. There is nothing worse than waiting until rodents cause serious damage or spread disease. Contact Advanced Pest & Weed today, and we can get your unwanted guests out of your home quickly and effectively.