Although cute, mice pose problems once they get in your house. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or in the country – rodents want a warm, dry place to live during the winter. You can trap them to get rid of them, but more will come once you get rid of the batch you already have. And, just because you only see one, don’t get too happy that you trapped that one. Where there’s one, there’s more. You most likely have a rodent infestation.
Signs of Rodent Infestation
If you suspect you have rodents in your home, look for rodent infestation signs. The most visible sign is rodent feces in closets, in your pantry, and in cabinets. Other signs include:
Grease tracks along baseboards. Rodents generally travel the same trails over and over through your house. Their greasy hair leaves dark streaks along your baseboards.
Holes in corners of closets and other dark places.
Food stored in weird places, such as under appliances.
Chew holes in food containers.
Chew holes in clothing.
Even if you see just one sign of mice, you should start looking for their entry points.
How Mice Get in My House
Mice can get in space that is as small as the width of a pencil and rats don’t need a much bigger space to squeeze in. If you notice mice in your house, look around outside for cracks in foundation and crawlspace walls, where the crawlspace or basement wall meets the house, holes around pipes exiting your home, and window frames that are not perfectly lined up.
If you have a garage, locate areas where mice can come in – check for small holes and cracks, and check the rubber gasket on the bottom of the garage door. Make sure walk-through doors are tight when they are closed. Rodents can also enter your home through pet doors.
Rodent Infestation Cleanup
Since rodents can pass on diseases, you need to protect yourself when handling dead rodents, rodent feces, and rodent urine. Wear rubber gloves when cleaning up after rodents. If you are allergic to them, you might want to throw your clothes in the washer as soon as you are done cleaning up after them.
Put rodent droppings and nesting materials in plastic bags that you can tie or zip shut, then throw them in the trash.
Rodent infestation cleanup cost is not expensive, but it can become expensive if you don’t take measures to keep them out of the house. If you can’t get rid of the rodents yourself, H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing can help you.
Getting Rid of Rodents
The best way to get rid of rodents is to trap them with snap traps or live traps. However, if you decide to use live traps, make sure you release them far away from your home – and others’ homes – or they’ll find their way back in.
You can also use poison, but if you have a lot of wildlife around, try trapping them first. Owls and other animals that eat rodents ingest the poison if they catch a poisoned rodent before it dies.
Preventing rodents from getting into your home is the best way to deal with them, though sometimes it seems that no matter what you do, those pests get in one way or another.
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