Rats or mice in your home? In Sarasota and Bradenton, this is 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 and mice 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. 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 have damp areas or leaks will provide water sources for mice and rats, and unsecured garbage can also attract them. Outside the home, piles of debris and firewood 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, reach out to Rodent Solutions for a formal 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 are able to fit through very narrow openings, so any small gaps or holes on the outside of your house could make it vulnerable to rodents. Sealing these openings with steel wool can keep rodents at bay. Rodents can simply walk through open windows or doors as well, 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. 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.
What To Do About Rodents
Rats or mice in your home are issues that require assistance from licensed professionals. Attempting to trap or catch rodents by yourself could lead to injury and is less effective than professional rodent control.
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.