According to a survey by the National Pest Management Association, approximately 37 percent of people have rodents living in their homes. Rats and mice can cause thousands of dollars in damage. They can carry dozens of diseases that they can transmit to humans.
If you have a rodent infestation, you may be wondering how to eradicate them. First, it may be helpful to understand where the problem is coming from, both so that you can solve it and to ensure it does not recur in the future. Keep reading to find out how.
One of the most common culprits that attract rodents is food. Contrary to popular opinion, cheese is not the most enticing food for rodents. They prefer peanut butter, grains, and chocolate, but any food left out can be a target.
Mice and rats are omnivores. So, although they prefer seeds, grains, and fruits, they will eat almost anything they can get their paws on, including pet food.
The good news is that this problem is easy to fix. Since rodents set up nests near food sources, be sure to put all food away and seal it; it may prompt the pests to move along.
Like almost all mammals, rodents need shelter to survive. A crawl space, basement, or other vacant areas inside your home can be an enticement. That is because it keeps them out of the elements and provides warmth.
Mice can fit through tiny cracks, as small as ¼ of an inch. It is easy to see how it’s almost impossible to completely seal a home.
Some entries–especially those near the ground or in obscure areas–are more attractive than others. A trained pest control technician may be able to help you identify problematic areas to at least make it harder for rodents to enter.
Everyone knows that heaps of trash can be home to rodents. The same goes for your home as it does the dumpster behind the restaurant.
Garage cans provide mice and rats with food, shelter, or debris they can use to build nets. They will scavenge for any materials that can help them survive.
Be sure to secure any trash inside and outside your home. You may try moving outside garbage cans away from your home until you resolve the issue.
A Cumulative Set of Causes
Attacking the causes of rodents invading your home can be productive, but it may not solve the problem. Keeping food and garbage sealed up may not be enough to stop rodents from occupying remote crevices in your home.
The best way to deal with a mouse or rat infestation is to find rodent control in your area. A reputable company will be able to get rid of the vermin and diagnose the causes of the problem so that it does not happen again.
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Now that you have an idea of what attracts mice and rats, you can determine the best course of action for getting rid of them and making sure they stay away.
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