The old saying “you never have just one mouse in the house” is true. If you spot one mouse, the chances of having more are good. Rodents live mainly outdoors in spring and summer, but once fall and winter arrive, they move inside to find warmth and food.
Your home or business can create a perfect environment for rodents to thrive. The possibility of a rodent infestation is why you need to have a service partner with the experience to manage the issue quickly.
Signs of rodents
- Shed hair
- Smudges on walls near floor level
- Worn paths or runways along baseboards and around rafters
- Worn paths or runways going to and from ground burrows
- Gnawing and unexplained damage to wood, carpeting, screen doors, furniture, upholstery, wiring, and food
Rodents can present serious health, economic, and safety concerns because they and their parasites carry numerous diseases. Every year they contaminate and destroy hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property (both commercial and residential), food, and other goods. Rodents are particularly destructive in agricultural and food processing facilities because they contaminate food and animal feed items with their urine and droppings. Since the primary activities of a rodent are gnawing and chewing, countless electrical fires have been directly attributed to rodent damage.
Visit our Pest Guide to learn more about identifying the most common household rodents.
how to prevent rodents
The first step to manage rodents is to reduce the attractiveness of your home or business. These precautionary steps can help prevent rodents from even entering:
- Make sure all doors fit tightly with no gaps
- Seal up any holes that are at least ¼ in in diameter on the outside of the building that may allow rodents to enter
- Trash receptacles and dumpsters should have tight-fitting covers
- Keep all indoor and outdoor areas free of debris and clutter
- Store grain, pet food, and other food products in sealed, metal containers
- Trim trees and shrubs back from the building to prevent rodents from using them to gain access. Try to maintain an 18″ gap between these trees and plants and your structure
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five inches off the ground
Dodson Pest Control has the knowledge and experience to assist you with rodent management. We will evaluate your concerns and develop a customized approach to provide effective protection from rodents. Rodent management strategies may include:
- Sanitation recommendations to reduce rodent harborage and attraction
- Rodent-proofing advice such as sealing holes and cracks to prevent rodent entry
- Traps to capture and eliminate and prevent rodent entry
- Rodenticides secured in tamper-resistant bait stations and used in strategic indoor and outdoor areas to eliminate rodent activity