Everything You Need to Know About Rodent Infestations
Nobody wants to contend with rodents in their home. Whether you are facing an infestation of house mice, wood mice, or brown rats, you are not happy. Understanding rodent infestations can help you understand how to best deal with them.
How Likely Are You to Face a Rodent Infestation?
Remember that rodents thrive all over the country. You will not find a home in the United States that is totally safe from some sort of infestation, so your home might face an infestation at some point.
Of all the types of rodents you could have inside your home, the house mouse has a reputation for being the most widespread in the United States. Mice and rats are most common in the middle of larger cities, but you are also likely to see mice (like field or wood mice) if you live in the suburbs or more rural areas.
Of course, you might also have an infestation of squirrels, raccoons, and similar rodents. Many of these animals do not discriminate.
Rodents want to stay warm, especially when they are looking to nest. For this reason, more rodent infestations happen during the winter months when temperatures begin to fall.
You are likely to have a rodent infestation even if your home is near water or is elevated. After all, many rodents are expert jumpers, climbers, and swimmers. Plus, mice and rats can fit into spaces you might think were impossible to move through.
Finally, if you suspect you have a problem, you should always seek professional help to prevent the problem from worsening.
What Are the Signs of a Rodent Infestation?
Unfortunately, not many people realize the signs of rodent infestation until it is far too late. After all, you will rarely have just one rat or mouse in your home. You are more likely to have many, especially if the animals have already started to breed.
Most often, people notice feces from mice and rats on the floors and counters. Mice and rats also tend to leave behind grease from their fur as they work their way through tight spaces. One sign of rodent infestation some people experience is a slight smell, but it is not present in every home with this problem.
Additionally, you might notice gnawing and tooth marks around the home, often on furniture and in the wiring of your electronics. Their gnawing can result in problems with your electricity in some cases.
Sometimes you simply hear mice and rats walking around, often upsetting pets with their sounds. You might hear their explorations while you are sleeping, for instance. You might hear scratching and scampering as the rodents walk around.
How and Why Should You Prevent a Rodent Infestation?
Rodents can carry many diseases, so it is crucial that you pay close attention to prevent them from taking over your home.
You can get rid of a rodent infestation in many ways. While many people consider poison as the first option, it may not necessarily work best in your situation. You may also be reluctant to use snap or live traps. One of the first things you can do is repair any holes in the exterior walls and the foundation, as even the smallest hole can invite in rodents.
You also need to eliminate food sources that appeal to rodents. Practice good sanitation in the kitchen and all dining areas, getting rid of crumbs daily, as crumbs are potential meals for mice.
The best thing you can do if you suspect a rodent infestation is to get in touch with a professional pest control company. Call us to make sure that you are taking every possible precaution to prevent rodents as well.