Rodents, such as mice and rats, are social creatures. This means that they tend to get lonely without companionship. Once they find a good source of food, warmth, and security, such as your home, they’ll bring their entire family and start adding to the family.
Rats & Mice
Not only are most people disgusted by the thought of rats or mice in their home, but these are also pose a number of health threats. According to the CDC, they can carry the following diseases:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
- South American Arenaviruses
While not all of them will be carriers of the above diseases, they can still be a nuisance around the house as they chew everything in sight. It is not uncommon to find chewed electrical cords and food supplies when mice and rats are involved. They will chew through practically anything when trying to get to food. In fact, they will even chew through a wall if they think there is food on the other side.
Now, they don’t have to chew a very large hole because they can squeeze through tiny holes. In fact, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel while rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar. This is usually how mice and rats originally get into a home or business. They have squeezed through some tiny hole that no one noticed. That is why it is very important that any rodent control measures include finding the gaps and holes that allowed entry in the first place. This is a service that our specialists can perform for you.
Below is a list of the common areas to find these holes and gaps inside your home. Remember that mice are not restricted to low areas as they are expert climbers. The common areas are:
- Around doors.
- Around the fireplace.
- Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines.
- Around the pipes going to hot water heaters and furnaces.
- Around floor vents and dryer vents.
- Between the floor and wall juncture
- In the basement or crawl space and in floor drains of basement or laundry room
- Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves.
- Inside closets near the floor corners
- Inside the attic.
Don’t forget to look on the outside of your home for points of entry as well. The last thing you want is a rodent trapped in your walls and scratching all night and day. Some good places to look for holes and gaps on the outside of your home include:
- Around doors.
- Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines.
- Around the foundation
- Around windows.
- Attic vents and crawl space vents.
- In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves.
- Under doors.
Fill any small holes and gaps you find with steel wool which is kept in place with caulking around the edges. Larger holes can be fixed with metal sheeting, cement, lath metal or screen, or hardware cloth. Flashing can also be used around the base of your home to prevent entry. If this all sounds like too much work for you, don’t fear. We’d be happy to sent out our experts to not only rid your home of existing rodents, but to secure it from future invasions as well. Just give us a call at (972) 445-7245 to schedule your consultation.