Rodent may look cute in the movies but not in the house. They are a triple threat to homeowners as they can destroy property, contaminate food and spread serious diseases. As the winter is approaching, the rodent can settle into your home, especially in the kitchen, which offers everything from food, water, and warmth to shelter that the rats and mice are looking for. A rodent can easily get into your home. They will squeeze through a small hole and colonise in burrows, porches, attics, walls, concrete and other hard-to-reach places.
Common Types of Rodent:
Mice and rats are the most common types of rodent you are more likely to encounter in your home. Rats are larger than mice and grow up to 19 inches (48cm) long, whereas mice are smaller rodent that typically measures about six to seven inches (17cm) long. Other types of rodent such as squirrels and possums may also find their way into the home and cause trouble and make a mess around your home.
Warning Signs of Infestation:
Wondering if you are dealing with a rodent infestation? Look out for these three warning signs:
Droppings: If you find droppings of the rodents, you are certainly dealing with an infestation. If more droppings are found around your home, you are likely to be dealing with a larger infestation.
Noises: If you hear scratching or squeaking noises coming from inside your walls, it could be a sign of a rodent infestation. As the rodent are nocturnal, they are more active during night times.
Nests: Rats and mice build their nests in your attic, walls or basement using shredded paper, insulation and other materials. Nests are usually found in warm areas in close proximity to water and food.
Dangers and Risks Of Rodent:
Property Damage: Mice and rats can wreak havoc on your home’s structure. Rodent tends to dig through food containers in your kitchen cupboard, chew holes through walls and shred ceiling insulation, causing extensive damages to the property.
Disease & Allergic Reactions: Rodent saliva and droppings can transmit serious diseases such as leptospirosis, Hantavirus, Salmonella, and other illnesses. Some individuals can suffer from mild to severe allergic reactions when they come in contact with rodent droppings.
What Attracts Rats To Your Home?
During the harsh winter months, only fewer food sources are readily available. That’s why rodent find their way into your home when it gets cold outside. There are other factors too which can attract rats to your house.
- Leaf piles, woodpiles, shrubs, a heap of debris, and other areas that provide shelter.
- A messy home where the food spills and leftovers are left unclean.
- When there is easy access to food and water sources.
- Pet food or excrement
- Ways to enter your home
How to Keep Rodent Away This Winter?
Eliminate Entry Points:
Inspect your home for loose siding, cracks in the foundation, gaps around doors and windows and holes around dryer vents. Seal such openings in which mice could enter.
Store Your Goodies:
Make sure all of your food is stored in sealed containers to hinder their easy access. Pet foods are a common draw for rats and mice, so keep pet food sealed as you do with your food.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean:
An unclean kitchen with bits of food on counters, floors, and sink can attract rodent into your home. By keeping your countertops and other surfaces free from food and residue, you can prevent rodent from coming in.
Remove The Clutter:
A rodent can thrive in areas such as garages, attics, and basements where there are lots of clutters. Performing a quick tidying-up can make these areas less tempting for rats and mice. Clear out stacks of newspapers, books, magazines, and other junks. Also, make sure your stored items are organised and kept above the ground.
Before winter approaches, perform landscaping and yard maintenance. Trim those branches that hang very close to your house. Remove weeds and fallen leaves to ensure that the rodents have only a fewer hiding place.
Call The Professionals:
It does not take a long time for a rodent problem to go out of control. So, as soon as you notice the warning signs of rats and mice, turn towards Positive Pest Solutions for rodent control treatments. We will thoroughly inspect your property and recommend the best treatment to keep your home and family safe from rodent infestation.