Rats or mice in your home? Rodents in Sarasota are more common than you might think. While your neighbors probably aren’t advertising their rodent problems, rats and mice keep our Sarasota pest control company busy all year long.
While rodent infestations are common occurrences, there are ways to avoid them. Understanding key facts about rodents can help you prevent issues with rats, mice, or squirrels and prepare you to handle a rodent problem if one should arise.
Why Rodents Are In Your Home
There are two main types of rodents that infest Sarasota and Bradenton homes: rats and mice. Although they do have similar appearances, they have some significant difference. Rats are larger and have longer bodies, while mice are much smaller and have a rounder shape.
Both rats and mice enter homes in search of food, water, and shelter. Every home will accommodate rodents to some degree, but there are factors that can make a property more enticing to rats and mice. A house that is easy for rodents to access will be most susceptible to these pests. Homes that easy access to the attic from the soffit, fascia, or the roof for mice and rats are most at risk. Unsecured garbage can also attract rodents as it is a food source. Outside the home, piles of debris, firewood, and low ground cover can provide nesting sites for rodents.
If you spot rodents on your property or are concerned that you may have a rat or mouse infestation, contact Rodent Solutions for a rodent inspection.
How Rodents Are Getting Into Your Home
Now that you know why rodents are in your home, let’s explore how they get inside in the first place. You may think your home is a fortress, but most homes have at least a few potential entry points for rodents. Rats and mice can fit through very narrow openings, so any small gaps or holes outside your house could make it vulnerable to rodents. Sealing these openings with rodent-proof material such as metal flashing can keep rodents at bay. Rodents will also walk through open windows or doors, so it’s important to keep doors closed when not in use and install screens on windows.
Keeping your home as secure as possible will help keep rodents from entering. If you need help with this process, contact us to help you perform a proper rodent exclusion. Next up, we’ll learn how to recognize the signs of a rodent infestation.
How To Know If You Have An Infestation
Mice and rats are pretty sneaky, but they will leave clear indications of their presence in your home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the following signs of rodents:
- Bite marks on containers of food, walls, baseboards, etc.
- Rodents droppings—small, rod-shaped pellets left on floors or inside drawers and cabinets.
- Rub marks on walls left by rodents as they travel along them.
- Rodent burrows made of paper, insulation, cloth, etc.
- A pungent odor from rodent urine.
- Unexplained noises coming from walls, attic, basement, etc.
Any of these indications may point towards an infestation of rats or mice. If you notice some of these signs or see a mouse or rat in your home, contact a professional to get rid of rodents as soon as possible. We have a detailed article How a Rodent Exterminator Determines if You Have Rodents In Your Sarasota Home linked here.
What To Do About Rodents in Sarasota
Rats or mice in your home are issues that require assistance from licensed pest control companies. Attempting to trap or catch rodents by yourself could lead to injury, the infestation getting worse, and increased damage from the rodents. A rodent control specialist should always be your first call.
At Rodent Solutions, we provide exceptional service and value to the Bradenton and Sarasota area. We not only provide quality rodent control, but we can also make the construction changes necessary to keep rodents out of your home.
Give Rodent Solutions a call today to get rid of rodents and protect your home.
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