When temperatures drop during the winter months, it means more time spent indoors, but not just for you.
Mice and other rodents head indoors too in search of warmth and food. Unfortunately, that might mean they find your home or garage a nice place to live.
Mice and rats have the ability to squeeze through incredibly tight spaces. In addition, they are strong swimmers and can easily swim through sewer lines or climb up drain pipes in an effort to enter a home.
How Do You Know if You Have in Your Home?
There are a number of signs you may notice in determining whether or not you have rodents living in your home or garage. Some of these signs include:
- Gnaw marks on doors and furniture
- Chewed electrical wires
- Smell of urine
- Droppings on counter tops and floors
- Evidence of nesting
- Damage to packaged food and dry goods
As mice and rats walk around, they leave dark brown or black droppings. These droppings are granular in shape and you will be able to gauge the extent of the infestation by the amount of droppings you find.
Since rats and mice increase their activity after dark, you may hear them crawling around inside your walls. You may also see or hear them scurry away when you turn on the lights.
While they can cause physical damage to your home, the greatest threat rats and mice pose is the ability to spread bacteria and disease. It is transmitted through droppings, urine, and bites.
How Can You Remove Them?
One thing you can do is have your home evaluated a couple of times a year for holes or gapes where they can easily enter. Cracks in the foundation and gaps around doors, windows, and gutters make easy entries for these pests.
There are a number of different options when it comes to pest removal. Traps and bait boxes are effective, and traditional traps and no-kill methods are also available.
There are some other things you can do to deter them from entering your home. For instance, don’t leave food on the kitchen counter, especially overnight. Make sure that all dry goods and grains are stored in sealed containers.
Contact B & D Pest Solutions
At B & D Pest Solutions LLC, our highly trained and skilled pest specialists will find the answer to all your pest control needs. With customized services created by highly trained pest management technicians, you can expect the best pest protection. The technicians will devise service plans that will be backed by science and solid technical knowledge to ensure complete year round protection.