How do rodents get into my house?

Posted by David Outhous on Oct 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

During the fall and winter, or even sometimes during heavy spring and summer rains, rodents will find their way into your house for protection from the elements. If you don’t get rid of them right away, you could end up with a rodent infestation. Mice and rats can get in anywhere there’s a hole or a crack. The most common places they come in are where pipes lead inside and the exterior wall is not snug against the pipe. If you have a crawl space, rodents may come up through pipe accesses and even where electrical wires run through the floor.

If you have a rodent infestation, inspect the exterior of your home carefully. Even a small crack in a block wall or a piece of warped wood that creates a crack is large enough for rodents to enter. Before you try to get rid of the rodents, block every access point you can find.

Signs of Rodent Infestation

You may not see rodents, but you may find signs of rats in your home. If you see the signs, they are in your home and are staying hidden. One of the first signs you will probably notice is rat poop along baseboards or near food containers. Other signs of rodent infestation may include:

  • Shredded fabric, paper and other nesting material.

  • Chew holes in the walls and floors.

  • Chewed up food packaging.

  • Stale smells in closed up and hidden areas.

  • Chewed up clothing.

  • Urine spots on food containers and floors.

  • Food in places it doesn’t belong, such as in closets or in the bathrooms.

How to Get Rid of Rodents

It is easy to learn how to get rid of rats. The problem is keeping them out. Locate any entry point by inspecting the inside and outside of your home. Block off entry points by filling them with steel wool and then covering them with the type of wall covering in the area. Once you block their entry points, then:

  • Put all food in hard plastic containers. Instead of keeping pasta in the cardboard boxes it comes in, put it in sealable plastic containers. Don’t free-feed pets. Instead, put the food down for them for an hour and then pick it up.

  • Remove access to water. Make sure your sinks do not drip. Keep pets’ water bowls empty unless you are giving your pet water.

  • Set snap traps or get electrical traps or glue traps. If you have pets and small children, try to avoid poison. A cat or dog who eats a poisoned mouse could suffer from rat poisoning.

  • Prune any shrubbery that is close to your house. If the shrubs touch the house, mice and insects use the branches as superhighways to get access to your home. Make sure firewood is stacked at least 20 feet or more away from the house.

If the infestation is bad enough, contact a professional to help you eradicate the rodent population. Keep in mind that unless you take steps to prevent them from entering your home, you’ll be fighting a losing battle.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

Contact RichPro Pest Management for professional rodent control, especially if the infestation is a heavy one or if you think you are not able to find all of the entry points. Our technicians are trained to locate rodent entry points and block them off.

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