Mice, rats, and other rodents make up the primary food source for many wild creatures, including bobcats, owls, foxes, hawks, and coyotes. In the wild, these animals help to keep rodent populations in balance.
In residential areas, however, rodent populations are able to grow to problematic proportions due to having far fewer natural predators. Additionally, residential and populated areas tend to offer more access to shelter from the elements and a more dependable source of food that also serves to encourage rodents to nest and breed more prolifically.
Because of their size and tendency to be most active at night, home and business owners may not even be aware that they have a rodent infestation until it is well entrenched. If you are seeing signs of mice, rats, or other rodents and are worried about an infestation on your property, here are three helpful tips.
Look for sources of food and remove them
In order for mice, rats, squirrels, or other rodents to settle into a new location, there must be a viable food source available. Home and business owners often do not realize that their housekeeping or storage habits are actually providing a steady source of nourishment for rodent populations. Some common problem areas that should be addressed in order to discourage mice and rats from inhabiting your property include the following:
- failing to store pet food, bird seed, or other grain products in sealed bins or rodent-proof metal containers
- lax housekeeping in food preparation and dining areas
- failing to keep all household and business trash in tightly lidded containers until it is picked up
Rodents can also be drawn to pantry storage areas where staple foods may be stored in plastic bags or cardboard boxes that make it easy for rodents to access the food.
Seal access points in structures
Another common problem that serves to encourage rodents to invade homes and businesses is when there is easy access into these structures. Doors that do not fit or close properly can leave gaps that serve as access points for rats and mice, along with holes in window screens and unsealed openings around vents, pipes, and wiring. Examining structures for these openings and then sealing them with caulking, screen wire, or other materials will help to prevent rodents from entering.
Invest in professional rodent control services
If a rat or mouse infestation has already occurred, few home and business owners have the time and tools to deal with it effectively. Investing in professional rodent control services offered by a service provider, such as Agricultural Pest Control Services, is the best way to effectively remove these pests from your home or business.