Rodents, while unwelcome in the home, may not seem like much a threat at first. But if you notice mice or rats outside your house, there could be more potential hazards than you realize.
Rodents are capable of getting into the home through small cracks and openings. Both mice and rats will gravitate toward the home seeking food, water and warmth, especially during colder months of the year. They often nest in quiet, dark spaces like in attics and basements, under porches or inside wall voids.
Though rodents are easy to spot when out in the open, they often stay near their nest and can live in the home for quite some time undetected. This is a problem because, when left undisturbed, rodents are capable of multiplying rapidly. Both rats and mice are capable of producing over 50 pups per year.
Sealing up holes is one of the key steps for preventing a rodent infestation. It's important to note that, due to their unique build, rodents are capable of squeezing through holes and cracks that look far too small for them to be able to fit through. You should also make sure kitchen garbage is kept in a container with a tight-fitting lid and avoid leaving out food scraps or crumbs.
Even if you've taken these precautions, it's wise to watch for signs of an infestation. This may include rodent droppings, chewed holes in walls and floors, chewed food packaging or evidence of nesting materials like shredded paper or dried leaves and mulch.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get rid of a rodent infestation on your own. Because mice and rats may be carriers of disease and can contaminate food, you should avoid handling them and leave the work to a professional. PestFix® can help you get rid of rodents for good with our specialized pest control services. Contact us today or get a quote online to learn more about how we can help make your home free of mice, rats and other rodents.