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Tips for Dealing with Rodents

Rats, mice and other rodents love trash, plain and simple. If you get your garbage under control, there’s a good chance the rodents will be too. Most home invasions occur in the fall, not because of cooler weather, but because the seeds and plants on which rodents feed outside are gone. Get busy, too, because mice can bear as many as 48 babies in a year. And their babies begin mating at just five weeks of age. If not taken care of, an infestation is inevitable.

First, conduct a thorough inspection checking for all possible rodent entry points. Pest Care can do this, and make your home or office rodent proof, as well as trapping and eradicating all of your unwelcome rodent guests. We also perform complete dropping clean-up preventing the spread of diseases.

Rodents are excellent climbers and are capable of gaining entry through holes around soffit vents and around cables entering the building, through holes in gable vent screens, and through turbine and box vents on roofs. Many garage doors on homes allow enough space for rats to fit underneath, as well.

Pest Care can assist with carcass removal if an animal should ever die within the structure of your home. After careful removal, our licensed contractors and carpenters will repair the wall, ceiling or floor. Here are some tips for prevention:

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • If possible, remove any piles of debris, stones, bricks, etc. If these are near the foundation of the home they serve as harborages to attract rodents. Once there, it is an easy step for rodents to enter the building itself.
  • Do not allow piles of leaves to accumulate next to the home’s foundation. This also serves as attractive harborage for rodents – mice in particular.
  • Holes or cracks larger than one-fourth of an inch should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh and then sealed with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
  • Install a good thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed tightly.
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