Part of rodent control is blocking anywhere they can enter your house. You can tell if you have a rodent infestation if you see rodent droppings in dark corners or their greasy trails against walls. The hair on rodents leaves a streak that is easily seen on white baseboards. Mice, rats and other rodents looking for a warm, dry place to live also carry disease that could transfer to you or your pets. And, they often chew wiring, which creates a fire hazard. Contact Clint Miller Exterminating if you notice a rodent problem, so you can get rid of them before they get too out of control. Mice can have up to six babies every three weeks, or up to 35 new rodents in the house every year. And that’s only if one female is inside.
If you think you saw a flash of a mouse running across a room when you turn on the light or otherwise startle it, you need to start looking for signs of a rodent infestation immediately. By the time you find one, you can count on there being several more. Signs of rodents include:
Droppings are the most common sign. You’ll find droppings in hidden places such as closets, in your pantry, in corners of rooms, under kitchen cabinets, under sinks and along baseboards. If you have exposed wall beams, you’ll probably find dropping there, too.
You see a rodent running across a room if you startle it. Mice generally hide, but you can startle them if they are going from their nest to a water source or food source.
Rub marks and tracks are also common signs. They like to nest in dark areas, so they will travel through your house to find food and water. You’ll find the dark dirt or grease marks along baseboards or along walls where they travel back and forth.
You hear strange noises at night. Mice will chew into the walls. When they run through the walls or make nests in the walls, they can make a racket.
Nests. Mice will build nests out of just about anything, but they love paper, cardboard and material scraps. They’ll tear up your clothes or the underside of a carpet to build a nest in a dark corner, in the walls of your house, or in the attic. If you see wall insulation anywhere except in the wall where it belongs, you probably have a rodent infestation.
Employ rodent control solutions to maximize rodent prevention. The best way to keep them out of your house is to check for entry points at least every six months, preferably in the fall and spring. Rodents will try to get inside when it’s cold and if you get heavy rains. Additional tips for rodent prevention include:
Never leave trash bags outside overnight.
Make sure your trash cans have tight lids.
Don’t leave pet food out for more than about a half-hour. Pick it up if your pet doesn’t eat it right away. You can always put it down later.
Store your food in containers with tight lids — preferably metal or glass.
Keep crumbs, litter and trash inside and outside swept up.
Remove debris, including weeds, from your yard, especially close to any buildings. Rats love to hide in the debris.
Keep lumber and other materials on a shelf with space under the shelves.
Discard junk and materials you don’t plan on using.
Look for cracks in the basement walls and seal them with mortar.
If you have outside closets, keep the doors close. Add metal trim along the bottom and sides of the door to keep the mice from chewing through the wood and getting in.
Replace or repair any screens and windows with holes.
If you have a rodent problem, contact Clint Miller Exterminating for help getting rid of the rodents.