Rats, Raccoons & Other Rodents
Rats, mice, raccoons, and squirrels are just a few of the rodents that seek shelter for nesting year round. During the colder winter nights, warm and dry conditions are even more inviting. Once rodents find an entryway into your home, they will build their nest and stay as uninvited guests. They multiply quickly and rob you of your peace of mind and security.
How do you know if you have unwanted pests residing in your home?
Other than an actual physical sighting, the noises from rodents are the best clues. You will hear scratching or scurrying around the attic, climbing inside walls and even whines or cries. Depending upon the species, noises can be heard anytime of the day or night. Some rodents are fairly quiet and hard to detect. Therefore, look for other signs such as chewed wires or wood, shredded paper, foul odors and animal droppings.
How do rodents find their way into your home?
In general, rodents will gain access to your home through any open crack or crevice. They will climb, squeeze, crawl and chew their way inside your home. The same point of entry will be used again, or they will seek out a new one. Once inside, rodents will remain for several months and are very difficult for the average homeowner to evict.
Prevention Methods The accumulation of feces from rodents can spread bacteria causing allergies and diseases. They can also contaminate food sources. By eliminating their source of survival, you will have greater success in avoiding rodent infestations. Be vigilant and proactive.
• Do not leave food on counters overnight and dispose of garbage regularly.
• Keep food and snacks in airtight containers.
• Seal cracks on the exterior of houses so pests cannot enter.
• Place wire mesh or screening over vents, chimney tops and other openings.
Control Methods Traps, baits, and poisons are the DIY quick fixes but are often not an effective way of completely solving the pest problem. Many home remedies and gimmicks have also proved to be ineffective.
The most effective way to rid your house of unwanted pests is to call in the troops. Experienced, licensed professionals will determine the entry point and seal it properly. Once rodents are properly trapped and removed, damage to wiring will need to be assessed. Eliminating the rodents’ scent by cleaning and sanitizing will help prevent future rodents from building nests in your home.
Contact the professionals at D&W Pest Solutions. They will help you return to a peaceful state of “home sweet home”.
This is just a brief overview of the potential hazards or rodent infestation. We will explore mice in greater detail during the coming winter months.