Signs of Rodent Activity

January 05, 2018

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Don’t you just love the cute little rodents on television? Adorable mice with little pink noses that steal cheese in desperation to feed their family, or singing chipmunks with tons of personality. But in real life, once they are inside your home they can cause a lot of damage and make you, your family and your pets sick. Even though they are just looking for a place to stay warm, as well as water and food for survival, they are uncaring about the effect they have on their surroundings. Most rodents can get into surprisingly small holes and cracks, and your home's foundation or exterior walls may offer these. If they are desperate enough and the hole isn't big enough they will chew their way in.

Once rodents are inside, they are going to start to look for food. And as they go, they leave their feces and urine behind. They rip, tear, and gnaw into packages, knocking them over and contaminating all of the food they touch. If a home offers a convenient food source or even just shelter with food nearby, they will look for a place to nest, reproduce and raise a family. While they are at it, they will chew and pull apart things for their nests. They will also constantly gnaw on hard things to whittle down their teeth that grow constantly. This causes damage to furniture, books, clothing, memorabilia, and other items. Rodents don’t know that plumbing pipes and electrical wires are dangerous, so they may chew on those as well. In some cases, entire homes have burned down due to one mouse or rat chewing on a wire.

Here’s what to look for to determine if you have an infestation:

  • Rodents are seen continuously around your house

  • Rodent droppings around food sources or in basements, attics, and along baseboards

  • Strong urine smell

  • Sound of scratching or scampering in walls and ceilings

  • Food packages that have gnaw marks, rips, tears, and spills

  • Greasy rub marks on walls close to the floor

In order to prevent these rodents from getting into your home, you will need to seal up all entry points, including around utility wires, pipes, and cables. Keep the vegetation trimmed back away from your house and keep woodpiles a distance away. Eliminate junk and trash piles, and keep outdoor trash bins tightly sealed. Empty indoor trash regularly and never leave dirty dishes and cookware in the sink overnight. Keep all food stored in sturdy containers with tight-fitting lids, and clean up food and drink messes immediately. Although these tips are helpful, the best way to eradicate and prevent rodents from your home is to seek professional help from an experienced pest control company.

If you are a homeowner in the Greater Houston, Texas area, you can count on Modern Pest Control. Our philosophy is to deliver prompt, personalized pest control to our community. We use only the most modern tools and methods to eliminate all pests and stop them from returning. If you have seen signs of rodents in your home, give us a call at Modern Pest Control for more information.

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