Rodents are mammals, such as mice and rats that can invade your home and bring about a multitude of problems. Unlike mice or rats that you see at a pet store, rodents in the wild carry many diseases and can reap havoc on your home. If you think that your house might be infested, look for signs and call Blue Chip today!
There are several telltale signs in identifying if a rodent is present in your home.
Presence of Droppings:
Rodent droppings are small (about the size of a grain of rice) and dark. Most times you will see multiple droppings at one time. Common places to see droppings are lower cabinets, especially under your kitchen sink, and cupboards and pantries where food is stored.
The presence of gnaw markings is also a good indicator that a rodent is present. Gnaw marks look how you would imagine, like small teeth marks. Gnaw marks are commonly seen near areas where food is stored as well. Also, if rodents have gotten into food packages you will notice debris and chewed off edges of packages. These aren’t always obvious at first. But if you suspect that a rodent is present, inspect your food packaging and wash your hands immediately after handling to avoid contamination.
Another good indicator of rodents is the tracks that they leave behind. These will often appear as smudged areas on walls or floors, but can also be very distinctive such as footprints. A trick to identifying whether rodents are present is by dusting a thin layer of flour along the edges of your hard wood floor. You will be able to identify footprints the next morning if so. This, of course, is not a fool proof method, so you will want to keep an eye on any other telltale signs.
Signs of Nesting:
Rodents can use a variety of material to make nests. They will hoard shredded paper and dried foliage to make a comfortable nest area. Seeing evidence, such as scattered shredded paper, are possible signs that a rodent is present. Rodents will chew through cardboard packaging and use the resulting shreds to help create their nesting areas.
If you have noticed lately that your dog or cat has taken to scratching or sniffing at a certain area of your home, then you may want to take notice. Oftentimes pets become aware of unwanted intruders, such as mice or rats, long before people do. Dogs and cats, not only become aware because they have a closer view to the floor, they can also smell the presence of another animal. If you have noticed a favorite spot that your pet has begun sniffing or even scratching at, it is best to inspect the area if possible with a flashlight to identify any signs of rodents.
Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home:
Preventative measures can often deter pests from invading your home. One tip is to make sure garbage is not easily accessed. Keep bags of garbage in a trash bin and not sitting outside. Rodents will rummage through bags of garbage if left out unattended. Another key is to make sure there are no cracks or holes in your foundation. These small areas are perfect for rodents to sneak into. Mice can fit into dime sized openings while rats can fit into quarter-sized openings. Rats and mice will seek out these areas to invade trying to find warmth and food. Homes are perfect nesting grounds for rodents due to the warm temperature and presence of food and garbage.
Ridding Your Home of Rodents:
If you do find that your home has been infested with rodents there are steps that you can take to rid your home of these pests and prevent future problems.
Trapping and baiting is a common form of rodent elimination that we use. We will set up traps inside the home and a special baiting station outside of the home to catch the rodents and attempt to reduce the overall rodent population that may try to invade your home. The baiting system is child and pet resistant so you can rest assured that your family and pets will be safe, while trying to rid your home of pests such as mice and rats.
Our trained technicians will identify areas of the home to be sealed in order to keep mice and rats from entering the home. Oftentimes there are areas in the home that the homeowner is unaware of where rodents sneak in. Common points of entry are areas in the garage that lead into the house, basements, and utility rooms. Crawl spaces and cellars are also common as well.
An important last step is cleaning and sanitizing your home after it has been infested. You want to ensure that droppings and other rodent remnants are no longer in your home. In addition, the preventative measures discussed earlier should also be taken year round. Storing food that comes in cardboard packaging in glass or metal containers is a good preventative measure. This tip not only keeps your home from attracting rodents, but it also keeps moisture from building up. This helps keeps other pests such as bugs away as well. Storing food off of the floor and regularly cleaning out cabinets is also a good tip for ridding yourself of rodents for good.