Rodent control tips | how to keep rodents away from my home
on Sunday, July 14, 2013 by Terminix
Many homeowners seek rodent control tips with the onset of cooler weather because during fall and winter rats, mice and other rodents to migrate into buildings in search of food. A garage door that does not seal properly is a free passageway into your home, but rodents can enter your home in other areas as well. These pest control tips can help keep your home free of rodents.
Threats of rodents
There are many reasons why a homeowner needs rodent control tips. Rodents can contaminate food, and damage walls and other items in your home—even fabrics. Another reason homeowners need to practice rodent control is that one mouse can excrete forty to one hundred droppings per day, and rarely is a home infested with just one mouse. Rats and mice also have very sharp teeth, and have been known to bite when they are threatened. Rodents, especially mice, only eat about three grams of food per day, but they destroy considerably more as they nibble on many foods, discarding partially eaten items and leaving their droppings in food.
Signs of infestation
Rodent control tips often help you identify the signs of an infestation. Normally, the first sign of an infestation is mouse droppings in cabinets, drawers and closets. Because rodents are more active at night, you may hear them in walls, ceilings or attics. There may also be a musky odor when rodents have been present for some time. There may be shredded paper, fabric or dry plant matter in piles resembling a nest, and evidence of gnawing on food, furniture or baseboards. If any of these signs appear in your home, you may need rodent control.
Keep them out
Any cracks leading to the exterior of your home are locations where rats and mice can enter, even if the crack is small. In fact, experts say that rodents can enter your home through a space as small as a dime. Therefore, it’s wise to place tight-fitting weatherstrips along the bottom of all doors, especially the garage door. Check all windows, doors and vents for openings; if you can stick a pencil in a crack, a mouse can enter. Other rodent control tips include placing traps on either side of a doorway to catch them as they enter, and be sure that all vents have ¼th inch hardware cloths fitted tightly over the opening. Because rats and mice normally enter a building in search of food, placing trash in sealed outdoor containers can help reduce the need for pest control tips. Pet food, fruits and berries on the ground, discarded foods, and unintended compost piles all attract mice, so it is important to keep these to a minimum.
Terminix has the solution
Terminix® has long been a leader in rodent control, often setting the standard for the industry. With the Terminix Pest Control Plan, you’ll be protected by a proactive approach that offers you protection against 27 common pests, including rodents, ants, cockroaches, spiders and more. Best of all, when you retain service with Terminix, you’re protected by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee, the strongest guarantee in the business. This guarantee offers the following:
- A custom plan to help get pests out and keep them out
- Solutions within 24 hours
- Work continued until you’re satisfied
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