Even though most people know how problematic they can be, many property owners underestimate just how common rodents are. These invasive pests don’t rest until they’ve found a way inside, where food and shelter are available in abundance. By learning what steps you can take to prevent rodents, and why you should turn to the experts for help, you can increase your chances against invading mice or rats.
Rodents: The Basics
The two most common invasive rodents are mice and rats, both of which are good at keeping out of sight. Often, the first sign that many property owners get that they even have an infestation is the damage that they cause. Once rodents move in, they can pose all of the following problems:
- Damage: Rodents chew and scratch their way through building materials, both to gain access, and to keep their ever-growing front teeth filed down.
- Disease: Rodents are known to carry harmful pathogens, like plague and rabies. They can also carry fleas or ticks that are dangerous in and of themselves.
- Odors: From their smelly urine and feces, to their brooding smells as they nest inside of properties, rodents can cause all kinds of unpleasant odors.
- Proliferation: All of these problems are only made worse by the fact that rodents breed and mature very quickly. A small invasion can quickly grow out of control.
What Attracts Rodents?
Rodents are looking for properties that provide them with food, water, and shelter. In order to make yours less attractive to foraging pests looking for a way in, you should first address the things that attract them in the first place. Here’s how:
- Food: Rodents will look for crumbs, or traces of food to gather, which means you need to frequently and thoroughly clean. It’s also smart to have stored foods in sturdy containers that can’t be chewed through.
- Trash: Rodents will also root around in garbage cans and dumpsters for leftovers. The places you keep your trash should also be secure.
- Clutter: Rodents will hunker down inside of containers, or in storage areas like attics and crawl spaces. Reduce clutter in these areas, and inspect them regularly.
How Rodents Invade
Even if you address the things that draw them near, rodents can still be driven to invade your property because of the shelter it provides from the elements. Once inside, rodents can survive on scraps. That’s why you also need to take steps to limit their accessibility as well:
- Cracks & holes: Even small cracks or holes in the exterior can provide rodents with a way in, since they will chew and dig their way inside of the walls and floorboards.
- Vegetation: Rodents hide in tall grasses or bushes, waiting for chances to dart inside, or gain access to other areas of a property. Keep your lawn trimmed.
- Yard debris: Even if they can’t get inside, rodents can thrive on your property if they have a place out in the yard to nest in. Clear out yard debris before it can pile up.
Bug Head Has You Covered
Even properties that do all of these things are still at risk to rodents. Mice and rats know that human waste and activity provide them with their best chance of survival, so the only true way to keep them at bay is by being persistent and proactive. Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone. Bug Head Pest Control is your local source for rodent control and removal. Our trained technicians know everywhere to look for signs of rodents on your property. We’ll not only advise you on ways to protect against pests of all kinds, we’ll address any problems we find. If rodents are already thriving on your property, it’s important to work with the pros quickly to eliminate the population.
Don’t expose you, or your loved ones, to the dangers of rodents. Contact Bug Head Pest Control today to get started on total control.