Residential homes and commercial businesses throughout the globe have had to contend with some form of pests intruding in their building. With their insidious ways and creepy appearances, pests in general can be a menace. Rodents are especially an unwelcomed pest. They can inflict damage scavenging for food, building nests, and foraging their way through buildings. In addition to the damage they can impose, they can potentially spread diseases, bacteria and germs. With rodents being commonly found throughout the United States, they can easily slip through the cracks of your home or business and commence their destruction.
Signs of a Rodent Infestation
When a home or business is infested with rodents, seeing them may not necessarily occur especially during the early stages, but suspicions may arise. Below is a common list of signs there is a rodent infestation building up.
– Food packaging; cardboard, paper, and flimsy plastics will look gnawed and chewed through.
– Holes in the walls and floor are an indication as they will construct them for access into the building and throughout the interior to get easy access to their food and water sources.
– Discovery of nesting materials scattered across the home or business; shreds of paper, fabrics, and dried plant matter are frequently used to make nests.
– An obvious sign is rodent droppings found in drawers, cabinets, under sinks, and around where food is stored.
– A stale, pungent odor that is difficult to find the origin of is another indication.
How to Prevent Mice & Rats
With the following preventative tips we will list, you can greatly reduce the chances of the rodents infiltrating your abode or business space to avoid the incredible damage they inflict as well as maintaining healthy indoor conditions.
– Remove food resources. Rodents come into your home or business in the hopes of finding food, water, and protection from the elements. Without a convenient food and water supply, should they breakthrough your barriers, they will be more inclined to move on to other accommodations. Clean any spilled food, ingredients and other edibles and be sure to store food in approved sealable containers, including pet food.
– Remove water sources. Avoid keeping water for pets to excess, enough to keep them hydrated but rodents can easily drink from the pets water bowl if need be. Repair any leaky pipes or faucets.
– Eliminate nesting provisions. Keep the clutter away. Indoor plants should be well kept, and dead or fallen leaves and limbs should be disposed of. Keep junk mail, expired catalogs, and magazines, and any fabric materials maintained.
– Ensure all trash cans are fitted with tight lids and keep them secure.
– Properly seal the holes you found. Rodents don’t require a doggie-door; ensure the tiny holes are appropriately patched. If any exterior vents or utility lines are exposed, install barriers to prevent rodent entry. If doors or windows show light coming through when it is closed, chances are rodents can weasel their way in, install weather stripping to block the path.
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Rodents can e responsible for thousands of dollars worth of damage to buildings and property. Following the above list can halt their efforts, but if you have a severe rodent population in the area, or even the occasional invader, A Five Star Termite & Pest Control can remove the rodents from your home or business and even offer additional tips to keep them away. Call us today to handle your rodent infestation.