Above all else, rodents look for two things: food and warmth. Furthermore, rats and mice only need a little sustenance; they require just one ounce of food and water to survive each day. In order to find food and shelter, rates and mice often enter homes. They are able to crawl into your house through holes no larger than half an inch. Once inside, rats and mice go through your trash to find food and nesting materials.
What Attracts Rats to Your Yard?
It’s important to maintain your yard and lawn area to avoid rodents entering your home area. Rodents are attracted to cluttered lawns, as well as tree branches and bushes that touch the exterior of your home. Not only can this material be used for them to build their nests, but they can use the branches and bushes to jump to small openings into your house. It’s important to keep rats and mice out of your yard, so be sure to trim your shrubbery and maintain your entire lawn area.
What Attracts Rats to Your House?
There are multiple factors that attract rodents to your home. In line with the points mentioned above, these pests seek out any entry point, no matter how small. And, in fact, your house might have several ways for them to enter:
- Crawl spaces
- Under doors
- Unscreened windows
- Unsealed attic entries
- Roof vents
In order to avoid bringing rats or mice into your home, it’s important to add door sweeps and seal off any holes to the outside.
Furthermore, homes contain plenty of materials for nest-building: Clothing and other fabrics, paper and cardboard, plastic, and boxes. As well, a nook or obscured spot – from your air ducts to your car – could easily become their home. In response, to prevent a rodent infestation, it’s essential to remove old appliances and inspect other potential places where rodents could nest.
What Food and Smells Attracts Rats?
Rodents feed on most any food, and if your trash, dry goods, and pet food are left out and open, one of these pests will find it. What can you do?
- Thoroughly clean all areas where food is prepared or consumed.
- Keep all dry goods and food waste in sealed containers.
- If you have a garden, pick up all ripe fruits and vegetables.
- Wash your dishes daily, if not after every meal.
Often, a rat or mice infestation happens even before you spot a pest. So, once you see the signs, turn to Eliminate ‘Em for 24-7 pest control service. Contact our location to have one of our professional exterminators come to your location that day.