Telltale Signs of Rodents in Your Home

Posted by David Outhous on Dec 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Mice are sneaky little critters. You may not see them in your home, but you may see signs of a rodent infestation. Rat poop along baseboards, shredded nesting material including fabric and paper, chewed up walls, clothing and food packaging and urine spots on food containers and floors are all signs you need rodent control to clear an infestation. Another sign of rodents in your home includes finding food in closets, bathrooms and storage boxes. You may even notice stale smells in areas you normally keep closed up, including closets and cabinets.

Rodent Infestation Cleanup

When you clean up the signs of rodents, be sure you use rubber gloves. You should also wear a mask like they give you at hospitals, especially if you are cleaning up rodent droppings and urine in a closed up area. The mask will minimize breathing in any dust that contains droppings and dried rodent urine. Spray the mess with a disinfectant, but be sure it won’t damage carpets, flooring and other materials. If you use a mixture of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water, test an area first, or you’ll be dealing with bleach spots on top of rodent droppings.

With gloves, use a paper towel to wipe up the mess and dispose of it in a small plastic bag that you can tie up and put in with the regular garbage. Disinfect any items that may have been contaminated. If you believe the rodents were in your clothing, wash it in hot water.

If you need to remove a rodent’s nest, pick it up with gloves and dispose of it in a plastic bag that you can tie up and throw away. Recycled grocery bags are perfect for this. Spray the area with a disinfectant and then wipe the area clean.

Mop the floors and clean the counter tops with a disinfectant. Shampoo the carpet using a carpet cleaner with disinfectant. After you are done cleaning up the mess, remove the gloves and wash your hands with soap and water.

How to Rodent Proof Your Home

Once you learn how to keep mice out of the house, you should still check as the sneaky critters will inevitably find a spot you missed. Locate and block all entry points, including areas where pipes come into the house. Mice don’t like steel wool, so blocking holes with it and then covering the holes with new sheet rock, paneling or other material that is similar to the material near the pipes will keep them from chewing up your repairs.

  • If you must feed the birds, put the feeders farther away from your home. The bird seed attracts mice. Once they get close to your home, they sense the warmth and will find a way in to protect themselves from the elements.

  • Store pet food and your dry goods in airtight plastic containers. If something you eat comes in cardboard boxes or plastic bags, put in into an airtight container and discard the original packaging.

  • Keep all of your trash cans sealed. Empty the inside trash every day.

  • Keep plants away from the foundation of your home. If you already have shrubs and other plants against your home, keep them trimmed. If you are considering planting shrubs near your home, keep them at least 3 to 4 feet away. Not only do they attract mice, but they also attract termites.

  • It does without saying for most, but keep your counter tops and floors clean. Wipe down counters after you prepare food, even if it looks like you haven’t spilled anything. You need to get rid of any food odor. Sweep any crumbs off the floor.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

If you see signs of rodents infestation, get professional help to eradicate them by contacting RichPro Pest Management for an appointment.

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