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What in your Home Attracts Rodents?

mouse-e1348687895141Above all factors, rodents look for one thing this time of year: food and warmth. And, they need very little: In fact, a rat just requires one ounce of food and water to survive each day.

Because of this nature, rats and mice gravitate toward your home, going through your trash to find food and nesting materials and crawling into your house through holes no larger than half an inch.

Yet, multiple factors make your home a destination for these pests:

Holes and Gaps

In line with the point 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
  • Cluttered lawns
  • Tree branches and bushes that touch the exterior

The best way, in this case, is to add door sweeps, trim your shrubbery, and seal off any hole to the outside.

Your Kitchen’s Not As Clean as It Could Be

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.

They’re Looking to Nest

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 manicure your lawn, remove old appliances, and inspect other potential places where rodents could nest.

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.