You plan ahead to protect your home from so many things- theft, natural disasters, fire, flooding, and so much more. However, it is the predictable disasters that are the most realistic threat to your property. What is more likely to undermine your safety and tranquility is so small that it’s snuck in right under your nose!
Believe it or not, rodent activity in your home can cause as much destruction to your property as a fire or a flood. The destruction that rodents wreak in a home happens out of sight, in the middle of the night. It might take months before you realize what’s been going on.
A rodent infestation is a homeowner’s nightmare! If you’ve lived through it, you know what an ordeal it can be. But don’t think that lightning won’t strike the same spot twice. That assumption will only lead you into more trouble! Rodents can and will return to your home. After all, it provides warm, dry shelter, and food and water.
90 days of peace isn’t enough. Rodents are likely to return as soon as the weather takes a bad turn. Rodent prevention in your home is urgent. Keep your home free of rodents for good with a unique 5 year Rodent Prevention Guarantee from the experts at Green Rat Control. Find out why you can’t afford to live without it!
Access and Entry
‘If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all’ is NOT a true statement when it comes to rodent infestation. Infestations can occur in different seasons, under different circumstances, and in different areas of your property. For example, gardens, woodpiles, and sheds are hot spots for rodent infestation. You may have breathed a sigh of relief when you extracted that last rodent, but odds are they are ready and waiting to get back in!
Perhaps a rat in the house by way of an exposed pipe or gutter. You caught the rat and patched up the entry point. Job complete, right? Wrong. The truth is, there are so many ways for rodents to gain access to your home. You’ve only eliminated one possible option, and rats and mice will find another way in.
Some obvious areas to cover: open vents, chimneys, gutters, and entryways to crawl spaces. Don’t just slap a fabric screen over it- rodents can gnaw through just about anything! There is a specific procedure for covering these spots to make them rodent-proof. Green Rat Control has developed a tried and true rodent-proofing method involving metal flashing and cement to securely close all access points.
Through the seasons your home will weather storms and damage. For this reason, a 5 year rodent prevention guarantee is a must! It is essential to re-evaluate the exterior of your property annually, re-checking for weak spots and possible entry points.
Signs of Infestation
You think know the basics about rodents in the house, but there are an array of warning signs. The infestation may not present itself the same way that it did the first time. Maybe the last tip off was chewed cereal boxes in the pantry- this time it might be the dog acting irritated or skittish. Don’t rely on only looking for one type of clue, know them all.
Unmistakable signs of rodent infestation:
● URINE ODORS
● GNAWED HOLES
● RUB AND GNAW MARKS
● RODENT RUNWAYS
● RODENT NESTS
● SCAMPERING NOISES
● UNUSUAL PET BEHAVIOR
Rodents only venture out a short way from their nest. They are careful creatures and will follow the same path day after day. This path (usually along a baseboard, or against a wall) will become worn and show signs of the rodent. Grease stains against a baseboard, or urine stains along the floor, even tiny grimy tracks park the runway from nest to food source.
If you aren’t looking for it, you just might miss it. It’s not dirt, it’s not dust, it’s a rodent dropping. Upon careful inspection you can see that new droppings are dark and moist; as they get older, they dry out and become old and gray. Droppings are likely to appear in your kitchen near food packages, around the pantry, in drawers or cupboards, and under sinks. The kitchen should be inspected extremely carefully! Droppings near food containers mean that your food is compromised. Eating food that has come into contact with rodents can be very dangerous to your health!
Other possible places include hidden areas, like in the walls, in insulation and duct work. You will find the greatest number of droppings where the rodents are nesting or feeding, so inspect the area around the new-found droppings to determine if there is still an active – or new – infestation.
Unusual Pet Behavior
Pets are guardians of the home, and their behavior can be a very strong indicator if something is up. Pets who are territorial and protective about their space will display signs of unrest and discontent if rodents have invaded the house. Even pets who are not particularly overbearing tend to act unusual when they hear or smell rodents in the house. They may appear extra alert, bark, or begin to paw at spaces beneath refrigerators, stoves, or low-clearance pieces of furniture. Trust in your pets instincts and follow where they lead.
Rats vs. Mice
The way a mouse invades and inhabits a home is much different from the way a rat would. They do share certain similarities: they are nocturnal and do most eating and nesting at night, they can gnaw through almost any material, and both prefer isolation.
The differences are important though. Roof rats for example, are well-known for their ability to scale trees and siding. They will leap from low hanging branches to the roof, searching for weak spots amongst the shingles, and will slip inside the attic. Norway rats, on the other hand, are ground dwellers and are experts at finding cracks in the foundation of your home. They are almost always found nesting in storage in the basement.
Mice are small enough to squeeze in through the tiniest spaces, even in the crack underneath the door! They like to nest as near to a source of food as possible. They’re often found in hard-to-reach places, like in the walls!
Different rodents have different methods for invasion, different behaviors, and pose different threats- Green Rat Control knows them all! You can set traps, but that will do little to deter them. Let the pros handle it!
Degree of Damage
If you’re lucky, you caught your last rodent quickly. Maybe all you had to deal with afterwards was sanitizing. But rodents can cause degrees of damage, from ductwork issues, to ruined attic insulation. Rodent urine and droppings carry infectious diseases and contaminate everything they touch- insulation, furniture, and wiring. These things are incredibly expensive to replace!
Rodents also have a nasty habit of chewing on electrical wiring. This puts you at risk of electrical fire! You really can’t afford not to have a pest management plan in place.
Home, it’s a safe place, a haven, a retreat. For most of us, home is a sanctuary where we can enjoy our family and our privacy. Many of our best memories are made there and our treasures are stored there. It’s a space worth guarding.
Every rodent infestation is different. It’s not a question of if rodents will return, it’s a question of when. Preventing rodents and getting quality pest control service has to be a top priority. Stay rodent free with a 5 year Rodent Prevention Guarantee from the experts at Green Rat Control.
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