The signs are all there. You hear scratching or squeaking behind the walls, you find evidence that something has been chewing on paper or wood, you discover droppings, you may even notice that food packaging in your pantry has been chewed. These are all signs that you might have a rodent problem. Even if you have actually seen a mouse or rat in your home, the first thing you probably want to know is why.
Forget the myths
There are plenty of old wives’ tales about why rodents choose one home over another. While there may be a kernel of truth sometimes, they should not be considered hard, fast rules. For instance, there is a general belief that mice and rats tend to infest homes that are dirty or cluttered. This is not necessarily the case. While a cluttered, unclean home can indeed attract rodents, many clean houses get rodent infestations. Rats and mice infestations can occur for a variety of reasons. Toss out the myths about why mice and rats get into a house. They won’t help you when you start looking for a solution.
What are they looking for in your home?
All household pests, whether they have eight legs, six legs, or four, enter a home looking for three things: food, water, and harborage. Even immaculately clean homes can have a rodent problem. Mice and rats will choose boxes in the attic, the inside of a mattress or furniture, chests containing clothing, and basically anything they can shred to make a nest.
Food left on counters or dropped on the floor can attract mice and rats. Pet food and water are also very enticing to rodents. However, food that is put away in the pantry can also become a veritable buffet if it isn’t stored properly. Rice, grain, cereal, and other similar foods should be stored in plastic containers with secure lids. Mice and rats can chew through food containers like cereal boxes and bags of rice.
You also need to find out how rodents get in so you can seal those access points and keep them out. This is tricky because mice can enter a structure through impossibly tiny cracks and openings. A trained pest professional is your best bet in helping you get rid of mice and rats – and keep them out.
If you have rats or mice in your home and are looking for rodent control in New Jersey, give Horizon Pest Control a call. Our friendly, knowledgeable technicians will inspect your home and property to identify the types of pest that are giving you problems and discover why you have a pest problem. From there we can work with you to find the best solution for your pest problems. Visit our website and complete our online email form to have a Horizon representative contact you. You don’t have to live with mice and rats in your home; Horizon can help.