There is nothing more eery than hearing the pitter-patter steps of a rodent running through your house at night or seeing the glimpse of a dark shadow running out of the corner of your eye. Once rodents enter the home, it can cause chaos and bring in the risk of you, your family, or your pets from contracting any rodent disease. With around 21 million homes being invaded every year, it is a problem your home could very well face.
Where Do They Come From?
Just like most pests, rodents enter the home in search of shelter, food, and water. As they are warm-blooded animals, finding a source of warmth to nest in is completely natural to them. However, once they enter, they can cause some serious damage to all things inside of your home.
Seen as one of the most common mammals on earth, they can literally be found almost anywhere. On top of this, they are very adaptable creatures having the ability to run, climb, jump and even swim. Did you know a house mouse can jump 12 inches? Continuing on with their abilities, they have an excellent sense of smell, taste, and touch. Although their eyesight may not be great, their peripheral visions allow them to notice any movement happening around them.
All you need is a ¼ inch crack or hole in your wall for a house mouse to find their way in. If they enter your home and like what they see, they will move their nest inside and find a spot close to food sources. As territorial creatures, your whole house will be explored, and they will begin to memorize everything and anything inside of your home.
Having house mouses infest your home is one thing. Having rats infest your home is another. Rats can be aggressive animals, are adaptable to cold climates, will literally eat anything like soaps or leather, and are so good at hiding that chances are you don’t even know they are inside of your home. Making them a pest we really don’t want to deal with.
Rats can enter the home through any hole that is around ½ inch in size, making many parts of your home entrance points for them. Once entered, they can create their own holes in walls and floors. They leave a peculiar musky odor and can leave oil stains along their trails. Along with their intent need to chew on absolutely everything (except for glass and most metals.), they also eat like crazy and can leave 25,000 droppings per year on the adventures in your home.
Entrance to House
What Time Of The Year Do They Enter?
Rodents are generally moving around during the summertime throughout the warm weather. However, rodent season usually begins once the weather has started to cool, usually around August to Late October. This is when they begin their search for warmer areas for the winter.
Why Pest Control?
Rodents are destructive creatures. They even have the potential to start fires due to their gnawing of electrical cables. This gnawing stretches out to many of the things in your homes like books, furniture, or appliances. Rats specifically need to wear down their incisor teeth and chew on wood, wallboard, plaster, concrete, or even frozen ground.
Rodents eat copious amounts of food, and they leave behind their feces, urine, and hair, which spread disease to humans. They can also spread disease through biting, fleas and ticks, and any materials in human contact with them.
All of these reasons above are why pest control or rodents in your home is of the utmost importance. They will work to remove, reduce and eliminate the chances of rodents entering your home.