Identifying Rodent Entry Points Around Your Home
January 5, 2018
If you have never experienced rodent infestation before you should count yourself lucky, because these little pests can wreak havoc in your home and be very dangerous to the health of your family. If you are afraid of mice and rats, it’s even worse! Rodents in the house can cause many sleepless nights, that’s for sure. You may not know it, but mice and rats have teeth that continually grow, which is why they are avid chewers. Just to keep their teeth at a manageable length they will chew on anything they can, and that can lead to gnawed plumbing pipes, which can lead to flooding, or chewed electrical wires that can cause a fire. Many other items that can be damaged are books, photos, memorabilia, furniture, and other personal items.
While these rodents are making themselves at home, they are also leaving feces and urine all over the place. Not only will this cause a terrible odor, but can also spread dangerous diseases such as salmonella and the hantavirus. Rodents can contaminate surfaces and food that they come into contact with. They can carry parasites like fleas and ticks that can also be dangerous to humans and pets.
Rodents nose around looking for a good place to nest where it is warm, and where water and food sources are conveniently located nearby. It is important to identify the entry points around your home so that you can eliminate their access points. Even larger rodents like rats can enter into very small holes, cracks, and crevices in your homes foundation or exterior walls. They can also get in through broken screens, vents, and chimney covers. Damaged window and door frames can also be an access point for rodents.
Here are a few tips to keep rodents out of your home:
Seal up all entry points
Replace or repair missing or damaged screens, vents, and frames
Store food in sealed containers with tight-fitting lids
Clean dirty dishes and cookware as soon as possible
Trim or keep bushes, trees, and other vegetation away from your home
Relocate wood piles to an area distant from your house
Eliminate junk and debris piles from your yard
Store outdoor trash with tight-fitting lid
Empty inside trash regularly
Even if you try all of these tips, rodents are clever, reproduce rapidly, and are not easy to get rid of once they have found everything that they need inside your home. For the best prevention and protection against rodents, call the professionals at McCauley Services. Our residential and commercial pest control service covers mice and many other pests that can cause problems on your property. Give us a call for more information on where we service and how we can help you eradicate and prevent rodents in your home.