Have you tried to find where mice and rats sneak in the house? It can be a difficult task to find out how. It is really important to address the issue because of the damage and health risks involved. An individual mouse will leave about 75 droppings per day while a rat will average 50, making a mess rather quickly. Rodents carry pathogens and transmit disease through their feces and urine. Contaminated dust and dirt particles can carry these pathogens unknowingly in the air. For these reasons, be careful when you come across nesting and droppings. Call a licensed professional to assess the situation and implement a rodent control plan.
Cultural and Structural Deficiencies
There are 2 factors contributing to rodent problems in our homes.
- Our cultural habits invite the mice and rats in when they are foraging for easy access to food and shelter. Often, a door left open, overgrown weeds and plants, a woodpile near the house, or pet and bird foods provide the resources they need.
- Structurally, our houses begin with, or start to have deficiencies that allow access and protective shelter for mice and rats. Dr. Bobby Corrigan, world renowned rodentologist, states that mice can squeeze into a hole the diameter of a pencil. So, common access points are holes in walls, gaps under doors, dryer vents, unsealed utility lines, and unscreened vents. Once inside, rodents can reproduce quickly, especially in a nice warm environment like in your attic, basement, garage, wall voids, crawlspace, under the sink, or in a shed.
Custom Service Tailored to Your Situation
Experience the difference with Payless Pest Control. Payless Pest incorporates a variety of methods to solve rodent problems. A quick-fix and a baiting program usually aren’t enough. Our rodent control program begins with an expert inspection to find the food and shelter of the problem rodents. Next, we will remove the rodents. Payless Pest will discuss your concerns and your own custom Plan of Action. With mice getting in through such small holes, it is important to find and seal structural entry points, and change cultural habits to protect your home and belongings from disease and damage left by these critters.
Tips to Know if you have a Rodent Problem
- Gnaw marks
- Distinctive musky odor
- Grease marks or dark smears
- Fresh droppings and urine trails
- Tracks or footprint
- Sight of live or dead mice
- Scratching sounds
- Ripped/chewed food packaging
- Nests made of shredded material like paper, insulation, and fabrics
- Burrows in gardens