In a kid’s movie, there’s nothing cuter than a rat in a chef’s hat fulfilling his lifelong dream of cooking in a restaurant. In real life? Nothing ruins a holiday feast faster than finding evidence of rodents in the kitchen. Guarantee a mice and rat-free holiday season with these rodent control tips from Progressive Pest Control.
Signs of a Rodent Infestation
Cold weather drives mice and rats indoors seeking shelter, food, and warmth. These rodents can slip through the smallest of holes and drive homeowners crazy with the sound of little paws scurrying through the walls. And mice and rats often go unnoticed until they’ve bred into a major problem. What are the most common signs of a rodent infestation?
- Droppings in the pantry, under the sink, in drawers, or in cupboards
- Food packages that show signs of gnawing
- Teeth marks around holes in the wall
- Shredded fabric, paper, or other nesting material
- Stale smells from unseen sources
How to Prevent a Rodent Problem
Like with any pest, the best way to solve a rodent infestation is to stop them at the door. To keep out rodents, seal any holes in the walls, open spaces around electrical outlets or plumbing, and gaps in the seal around doors or windows. Mice and rats need a hole large enough for their skull, but remember: they also have sharp teeth. If a rat wants in and the hole is too small, they can gnaw wood or drywall until the hole is large enough for them get inside.
Once you’re sure you’ve sealed all entryways, follow these rodent prevention tips:
- Seal garbage tightly
- Keep food stored in airtight plastic containers
- Stop leaving birdseed close to the house
- Turn over compost piles to conceal fresh food beneath older detritus
- Recycle cardboard objects, which attract mice and rats for use in building nests
Does your home have an infestation? Call Progressive Pest Control to get rid of your rodent problem.