How Are Rodents Getting Into My Home?
While rats and mice can make great pets, they are less than ideal as unexpected houseguests. Once they enter your home, it can be difficult to get rid of them, let alone prevent them from coming back. These rodents can fit through the tiniest of spaces, such as narrow cracks in the foundation, small entries near windows, and gaps between siding and exterior masonry. If you see signs of rat and mouse presence, including nests and droppings, it’s time to call the experts at Feather Fighters Wildlife Removal, the #1 company providing wildlife removal in Charleston.
Why do rats and mice come inside?
Rats and mice enter homes in search of warmth, shelter, food, and a place to nest. Once inside, they will diligently collect resources for their nests. These small rodents prefer cluttered areas that offer protection from predators and abundant food sources. Charleston residents can alleviate mouse and rat problems by removing trash promptly and composting properly.
What risks do rodents pose to my family?
Rats and mice can cause significant damage to your home as they have teeth that grow continuously and they will chew on anything they can find. This can cause structural damage to your home and even pose a risk of fire or electric shock if they chew on live electrical wires.
In addition to physical damage, rats and mice can also carry diseases such as Pinworms, Hantavirus, and Salmonella, which can put your family at risk. Their droppings and urine can also harbor a large number of biological hazards. It’s important to take measures to keep rats and mice out of your home, including sealing entry points, properly storing food, and keeping kitchens clean and dry.
How do rats and mice get into my home?
Rats and mice are resilient creatures that will take advantage of any opportunity to enter your home and seek shelter. They can enter through even the smallest of entrances, such as cracks in masonry, gaps in door and window trims, and damaged home foundations. Some rodents can even climb down chimneys to make their way into your home.
Some places to watch out for are:
- Cluttered basements
- Pipes, such as exhaust or drain tile pipes
- Places where landscaping is close to the homes
- Cracks in foundations, especially near kitchens or bathrooms
How can I keep mice and rats out?
To keep rats and mice out of your home, it’s important to take practical steps. Since they are natural scavengers, they are attracted to areas that offer resources for survival. Ensuring that food, water, and valuable resources are out of their reach will make it less likely for them to make your home their residence. To achieve this, properly store food, regularly clean kitchens, and check for plumbing leaks. These measures all play an important role in keeping rodents out of your home.
Here are a few things you can do to ensure rats and mice stay out:
- Remove clutter
- Properly store food
- Seal entry points
- Solve plumbing problems right away
- Keep kitchens clean and dry
If you suspect that you have a rat or mouse issue, don’t hesitate to call Feather Fighters Wildlife Removal to schedule an inspection. Our team will set traps and deterrents to eliminate your rodent problems and keep your home safe from damage and disease. Contact us today to get started!