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How To Identify & Prevent A Rodent Infestation

It’s never a good feeling when you discover that mice or rats are present in your home the Long Island area. It’s easy to overlook the initial signs of an infestation, but when you spot a furry little creature disappearing around a corner or running under the dishwasher, panic may start to set in. Rodents can get into a home very easily, including yours in Long Island, and they gravitate toward your living space because it provides them with the food and shelter they need. It’s natural to want to get rid of them as soon as possible because they have the potential to carry disease and can also be destructive. Identifying the signs of an infestation is important, as is knowing what steps to take to prevent an issue in the first place.

Spotting A Rodent Infestation

One of the first signs that you have mice or rats in your home is the presence of droppings. By examining the waste left behind, you can determine whether you are dealing with a mouse or a rat. Mice droppings look like grains of rice, while rat droppings are larger. If there are a lot of droppings in a certain area, you may want to focus your attention there to help get rid of the problem.

If you hear scratching, gnawing or squeaking, that is another sign that you may be living with rodents. These sounds might appear to be coming from the walls or the ceiling because mice and rats are prone to hanging out in dark, quiet areas. When they build their nests, they like to use wall insulation, paper, and other, similar materials. If you notice shreddings or various materials strewn about your house, there could be a mouse or a rat getting comfortable in your living space.

If you believe that you are dealing with mice or rats, get in contact with a professional pest control company right away. They can help get control of the situation and take steps to make it harder for the rodents to return. There are also steps you can take to keep them from coming back.

Preventing A Rodent Infestation

Mice and rats access homes through very small spaces. Therefore, any cracks or gaps need to be sealed going forward. Door sweeps can help, as can weatherproofing. Use caulk to seal up any other holes around the doors and windows. Because rodents are looking for food, take steps to keep them from being able to access your trash. Take the garbage out often and make sure all your cans have secure lids on them. Don’t store food in cardboard boxes or bags; instead, get sturdy plastic containers for them. Clean the kitchen and any other areas where you eat on a regular basis to avoid any issues with crumbs.

Keep your yard maintained. Cut the grass, keep any vegetation trimmed, and make sure you don’t have branches growing too close to your house. They could provide a route for rodents to gain access to your roof. If you have firewood, make sure it is stored as far back from your house as possible. Putting it on an elevated surface is also a good idea.

Never bring anything into your home, including groceries or boxes, without looking at them closely to make sure you aren’t inadvertently carrying in a small visitor. You never know what you could be taking into your home! If you have pets, don’t leave any food out overnight. Keep your home as clutter-free as possible to keep rodents from being able to find hiding spots in and around your property. Finally, keep an eye out for any leaks in your kitchen or bathrooms. Mice and rats are attracted to water, so if there is an unresolved issue, you could be unknowingly drawing the little creatures toward your home.

Dealing with a rodent infestation is not easy. If you are concerned that you might have a problem, look for droppings, listen for squeaking or scratching, and keep an eye out for any signs of nesting. It is also a good idea to take steps to keep mice and rats from getting into your home in the first place. Once an infestation takes hold, it can be very difficult to eradicate the rodents because they breed so quickly.

Luckily, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Fox Pest Control will send a friendly, well-trained Pest Professional technician to your home to identify and help you deal with the problem. Call today to restore your peace of mind and for a free quote. We work hard to get the job done and get it right the first time. Pests … it’s what we do.

Posted on November 27, 2019.

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