We receive calls year-round about rodents making their way into your homes and businesses. Across Connecticut commercial and residential properties alike are dealing with these unwelcome visitors more than ever. In fact, this year Hartford made it into the top 20 “rattiest cities” in the U.S., ranking #19 out of 50 different cities.
Rodent populations across the state have seen unprecedented growth over the past several years, with the effects of the pandemic making existing issues even worse. Here we will go over some reasons you may have this problem and how to get mice out of your home.
There’s a number of different reasons you could find yourself with a rodent infestation. It can be alarming to find evidence of rats or mice in your home, but believe us when we tell you that you are not alone! Each winter, rodents find their way into about 21 million U.S. homes with nearly one-third of Americans having dealt with a rodent problem.
Mice will look to your home in search of a warm, safe place to nest and reproduce as the temperatures begin to drop. Your home can also be a great source of food and water for a growing rodent population. Both mice and rats can work their way inside through the smallest of gaps, cracks, and crevices, therefore it is very important to seal your home or business to keep these critters out. Keeping stored food in airtight containers and up off of the floor can also help to decrease the availability of food for hungry rodents.
When dealing with rodents it’s important to act swiftly as a small problem can turn into a full blown infestation in a very short amount of time. An infestation could escalate before you are even aware they are there since both rats and mice are nocturnal and are more active during the night hours when most people are sleeping.
Due to their incredibly fast rate of reproduction it is crucial to get a handle on the problem before it gets worse. Starting at just six weeks old, mice can become pregnant and will deliver their first litter in about three weeks. Litters can range from 3 to 14 pups, meaning that if you start with two mice, you could have as many as 16 in just about two months with the population growing exponentially from there. Females can also become pregnant again immediately after giving birth, leaving you with a rapidly growing population if it is left unchecked.
When it comes to rodent control, unfortunately it’s not a simple one-time treatment. Our four-step plan starts by reducing existing populations, cleaning out any visible bodies, and blocking off potential entry points, then follows up with continued maintenance to prevent a rebound in the population. We also provide integrated pest management (IPM) recommendations to ensure you have the guidance you need to reduce any hospitable conditions for pests in your home.
The first step in any plan is to reduce any existing rodent populations. Our technicians will do this by placing our materials in areas of food, water, storage, and warmth where rodents are most frequently active. This can include basements, mechanical rooms, garages, storage areas, kitchens, or attics. During any follow up appointments, our technicians will remove any visible bodies and place new traps, as well as monitor activity levels on the bait placements.
Rodents are cautious by nature and are keenly aware of any sudden changes in their environment, so it may take some time for them to begin relying on bait placements as a food source. As soon as they become reliant on our bait, we can begin blocking off possible entry points to prevent more mice from entering. We will also provide a custom report outlining our exclusion recommendations for your specific property. Once our rodent remediation package is complete, we always recommend continued maintenance to help make sure the problem doesn’t recur.
If you find yourself dealing with a rodent infestation we recommend contacting a professional pest management service. Trained and licensed pest management technicians can assess the situation and recommend a plan of action to get your problem handled.
Richland Pest & Bee Control has been serving the state of Connecticut for over 45 years. For help controlling any rodent populations, we can offer a solution and can customize treatment plans to suit your needs and your budget. Give us a call at 1-800-308-9126, or contact us online for a free estimate.