When Traveling: A Guide to Keep Your Residence Rodent-Free
Having a pet mouse is one thing. But, having rodents crawling around inside of your home, inside of the walls, or in attics and basements, just isn’t allowed. Not only are they filthy little critters carrying all sorts of diseases, but they are leaving their potty trails wherever they travel. And, they’re not doing anything to increase the value of your property.
Rodent infestations can actually cause a significant amount of damage to your home if they aret addressed immediately. They will instinctively gnaw on wood, wiring, and anything else that will keep their teeth sharp. And, if any of that gnawing hits any wiring hot spots, they could even start a fire.
Once they get inside, they’ll quickly multiply. If you even only see one critter, is a good
idea to have a professional take a look, just to be on the safe side. Waiting could end up costing you more in the long run.
And, they don’t just invade homes. They’re just as troublesome for businesses, damaging inventory along with their other destructive habits, not to mention any customers that could be scared away if a rodent is visible.
Luckily, there are some very effective ways to both get them out of your home and keep them away. If you think that you have a problem with rodents, here are some things to know that might help.
Identify the Rodent
Is it a mouse or a rat? You can probably figure it out on your own, but a pro can tell you for sure. The most effective treatment plan will be aimed at either mice or rats specifically and also towards which species of vermin you are dealing with. Here are some ways to tell the difference between rats and mice.
● Mice will have a pointier nose, where a rat will have more of a blunted snout.
● Rats are also bigger than mice. They’re about twice the size of a mouse,
measuring up to 10 inches long, with a tail that’s just as long.
● Mice are also a little better at grooming themselves. Their coat will look silky,
while a rat tends to look like it just rolled out of bed.
What Attracts Them?
Sadly, they are just trying to survive, looking for food, water and a place to be safe, warm and multiply. Your home or business is the perfect environment for them if they can get inside.
How Do I Get Rid of Them and Keep Them From Coming Back?
● You’ll need to have the perimeter of your home or business thoroughly inspected for any openings that would allow them to get inside. They can fit through even the tiniest spaces.
● They have a very keen sense of smell. Leaving food out and uncovered will quickly attract them.
● Cleaning, both inside and outside, is crucial to eliminate both the smells that attract them and potential environments where they can thrive.
● Keep any outside trash cans away from your home or business. And, keep the cans sealed so they can’t get to the garbage.
● They can also be attracted to standing water outside.
● Always keep trees and shrubbery neatly trimmed. They can climb, get on the
roof, and try to get inside from there.
● Hire a professional.
How Can a Pro Help?
A residential rodent control professional has the knowledge needed to address any mice or rat infestation expeditiously. They realize the urgency needed to get rid of them. And, they’ll be able to apply the most effective methods to identify the rodent, eliminate them from your home or business, and keep them from coming back.