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The most common complaints regarding rodents are the scratching noises homeowners hear in walls and ceilings. Rapid scratching during night time hours in the cold weather months normally indicates mice or rats. Rodents destroying stored products such as pet food, bird seed, grass seed and even holiday decorations is also a common complaint. Many of these products can be stored by mice and rats to be used later. Rodents will hoard these products in attics and walls and use them when weather conditions worsen.
Keeping rodents out of your home is the first step in controlling the problems associated with them. Screening vents, plumbing stacks, sealing heating/cooling lines that enter the home and caulking gaps that develop around siding and brick are important. Critter Control conducts thorough inspections every day to determine areas where rodents enter. Critter Control also provides a complete assessment of things that may need attention around your home to prevent rodent infestations and to aid in keepng them out. Critter Control service specialists have the expertise to provide the most preventative maintenance to your home. Whether a simple hole that needs to be sealed or several roof vents needing proper screens, Critter Control can handle most of these rodent proofing essentials.
Conducting regular inspections, especially in the cooler months of the year, can help to identify possible rodent entry points. Critter Control specialists will evaluate your home to reduce rodent infestations and also develop a long term plan to keep rodent populations in check around the structure. Sealing gaps, cracks, and vent openings is extremely important and is part of the Critter Control strategy for eliminating pest problems. In addition, these efforts may be followed by a regular maintenance plan that involves regular pest or rodent treatment on the exterior of the home. These regular treatments can help to control rodents and other pests before they enter. Your Critter Control specialist may also identify things that may be attracting rodents to the structure. Such things as pet foods, bird seed and clutter around the exterior of the home can provide rodents all they need to thrive. Identifying these issues and making changes can help to reduce rodent populations quickly.
Rodent infestations in homes create a host of health concerns, as well as damage to food products. When mice enter a home they can contaminate foods, kitchen surfaces, and storage areas simply by the amount of droppings and urine they produce. Salmonella poisoning can easily be due to rodents contaminating surfaces that we touch every day in our homes. Beyond the health concerns mice also create other hazards. They consume food products and gnaw on electrical wiring in attic and walls. They can also be a nuisance at night when homeowners hear them scurry across the ceiling above them.
The best method for ridding your home of a rodent infestation is a thorough inspection, to start. Identifying harborage areas and sources of rodent entry into the home help in solving the overall infestation. A trapping and baiting program may be utilized to quickly reduce the current population of mice. This is typically followed by sealing up holes and openings where they have entered. Cleaning up messes and clutter is an important step as well.
Mice entering homes create a host of concerns. They chew on all types of items and materials, they "drop" fecal waste indiscriminately and dozens of "drops" per day. So, the disease and damage hazards are well documented.
To get rid of mice we recommend a 4 to 5 step approach:
- Tom Brungardt
Critter Control of Kansas City Metro