Rodents are more than just a nuisance, if the population starts to grow, they can cause serious structural damage and spread harmful diseases. Rats alone cause an estimated $20 billion in property damage per year. Mice and rats both contaminate food by chewing through packaging and leaving traces of feces around food storage areas. They are constantly gnawing on things to file their teeth. This has been known to create conditions which increased risk of electrical fires when certain wires are chewed through. Keeping rodents out of your home or business is important to maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
1. Maintain a clean home
Vacuum regularly and sweep up any messes in a timely manner to reduce crumbs which can provide a source of food for rodents. Without access to a food source, they will not choose to linger in your home. Make sure not to leave puddles of water or dripping faucets either, as those will provide a much-needed source of water for rodents seeking shelter.
2. Store pantry ingredients in airtight containers
This reduces the rodents’ access to a consistent food source. Rodents are known to create their nesting areas around 8-10 feet from a food source. If they view your pantry as a reliable place to get food, they are more likely to stick around and build nests close by. Using sealed containers also helps prevent against the spread of disease because they can’t chew through the container.
3. Seal up entry points
Mice can enter your home in gaps as small as ¼ inch and rats up to ½ inch. Seal these entry points to help reduce their access to your home or business. Because rodents can chew through most soft materials, use a combination of steel wool, wire mesh, flexible metal sheeting, concrete and/or caulking to seal off holes.
When combined, these materials create a barrier that even rodent teeth can’t chew through!
4. Contact a Professional
Rodent infestations can quickly get out of hand due to their rapid reproduction rates. By the time you find evidence of rodents, you may already have a significant population on your hands. Remember if you see one mouse, there are probably more close by! Give us a call at 1-800-308-9126 right away to eliminate your issue in the most effective and efficient way.
Our priority is to keep our customers safe and healthy, as well as their friends, family, neighbors, employees or customers that spend time in their home or business. Our phones are answered 24/7 to provide emergency services and peace of mind. We offer customized treatment plans to provide you with solutions to get rid of mice and keep them away for good!