Rodents are always looking for a cozy place to stay with access to free meals. Sounds like the life doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want that? The problem is, mice and rats find that vacation home to be your home. Once they get inside, they invite their friends and reproduce quickly. They breed often and their gestation is short so it doesn’t take long for one mouse to become an infestation.
Mice and rats can pose serious health risks to you and your family. They carry dangerous diseases and parasites and can contaminate surfaces without you even knowing. Exposure to their feces can lead to illnesses, such as salmonella and can cause asthma symptoms as well. Mice and rats have also been known to chew through wiring, causing a potential fire hazard. Some signs of a rodent problem, include droppings (which can be dangerous and should only be handled with gloves and a respiratory mask), gnawing marks on plastic, wood or food containers and scratching or squeaking noises from inside the walls, especially at night time.
There are some things you can do in and around your home to lower the risk of a rodent infestation. First, check around the inside and outside of your home for cracks and holes. Mice and rats only need a space about ¼ of an inch to get in. If you find any holes, you should fill them. Check around your pipes for any holes they might gain access through and fill those in as well. Keep counters wiped down and all food put away in covered containers. Keep your floor swept and mopped as any crumbs can draw in rodents. Keep your trash in covered cans and take it out on a regular basis.
You can also contact a professional pest control service to help you rodent proof your home and if you think you might have a problem with rodents, it is important to contact a professional right away. Setting a couple of traps here and there is very unlikely to get rid of this pest. They know where to look and how to get at the areas where rodents hide. They can take care of the problem for you quickly and can save you a lot of time, money, headache and hassle in the long run. A rodent problem is not something you want to gamble with.