Mice and rats pose many threats to you, your family and your home. When they take up residence, they rarely travel alone, often bringing in fleas, mites, ticks and lice as well. Large urban environments provide excellent habitats for rodents to survive and thrive. Rodents are nocturnal and generally avoid contact with people. If rodent activity is seen during the day time, this could mean there is a large infestation.
Rodents can cause considerable damage to your property. Rats will chew through just about anything when nesting, including wiring, which can cause fires. Both mice and rats can transmit numerous diseases, which mean they can also contaminate food. Rats are also known to urinate on and eat stored foods. Micro droplets of mouse urine can also trigger allergic reactions in children.
These crafty creatures can enter structures through very tiny openings. A mouse only needs a space the size of a nickel and a rat can squeeze through one the size of a quarter. Additionally, rats are excellent climbers and can make their way into a home through entry points along the roofline as well. Rodents will seek warm areas for shelter when cold weather arrives and food becomes scarce. Once inside, these pests will reproduce rapidly, and populations can exceed two hundred rodents within months.
These helpful tips can encourage a healthy environment and reduce further contact with rodents:
- Monitor your property to determine where rodents live, travel and feed
- Improve sanitation and eliminate nesting sites
- Prevent rodents from entering your home
- If you have an infestation, hire a professional to lay down bait and follow precautions set out by
your pest control professional
- Continue to monitor the effectiveness of your control measures