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What’s Causing the Rodent Problem in Your House?

Most people are not happy to see a rodent in their home. If you’ve seen more than one mouse, rat or squirrel you probably have a much bigger rodent problem than meets the eye. There are a few factors that could be contributing to your rodent issue. Read below to find out what might have led to it, and how to avoid another one in the future.

Access

The most common factor that leads to a rodent infestation is easily accessible homes. Rodents like rats and mice are always looking for food and shelter. Your home has both of those things, so if they can find a way in, they’re going to. If you’ve seen a rodent, it’s time to do some digging to find the source. Look around your home for cracks, holes, or gaps. An adult mouse can actually fit into a crevice no larger than a dime, so even if a hole seems small, it needs to be sealed.

Cleanliness

The next thing to check for is clutter. Clutter is a huge attraction for rodents. Check the outside and inside of your house for messes. Outside, make sure your lawn is trimmed short and the plants around your house are cleaned out. If you store firewood, keep it as far from the walls of your home as possible. Check your garbage cans to make sure they seal up tight when closed.

Inside, check for general untidiness. Don’t leave food out on the counters. All food, especially sugary ones, should be stored in airtight containers, your refrigerator or your freezer. Make a habit out of cleaning up spills and crumbs the minute they hit any surface.

Solution

Once you’ve figured out why you have a rodent problem you can start thinking about how to get rid of it. Snap traps are the most common solution people use to get rid of mice and rats. This isn’t always efficient since you’d need many of them to successfully get rid of an infestation.

If you’re not keen on the DIY approach, or don’t want to spend extra time trying things out, call a professional. A pest control technician will come out to your home to help. An experienced professional will have the tools and knowledge to figure out the source of the problem, eliminate it and then help you avoid another issue in the future. Rodents can spread disease and become dangerous for your pets and family. If you have a rodent issue, it needs to be dealt with as soon as possible