As Massachusetts temperatures drop, rodents begin to seek warmth, food, and shelter. And your house, garage, or shed just might be their primary target. Every fall, rodents find their way into thousands of homes and do considerable damage. The top three household invaders? Mice, rats, and squirrels. They hide away in your walls and start to wreak havoc right under your nose. Learn more about why they are such a problem, how to keep them out of your home, and what to do if you have an infestation on your hands.
Why are Rodents Such a Problem?
If you think you have mice or other rodent issues, it’s best to act right away. The most common signs include seeing gnawed areas, finding tiny mouse droppings that look like dark grains of rice, and hearing squeaking sounds coming from within your walls. There are many reasons why rodents cause so much stress to a homeowner.
- They are a nuisance. From scavenging and ruining food to tearing up paper and making a mess, rodents are just a headache to have in the home. They can even feed on your pet’s food!
- They are dangerous. Rodents love to gnaw. They are even known to gnaw through electrical wires. According to professional fire investigators, up to 20% of undetermined fires are believed to be caused by rodents chewing on wires.
- They reproduce incredibly fast. In fact, a female mouse can give birth to 5 litters a year, with each litter having 5-14 offspring.
- They can spread disease. Effects from mouse droppings and urine can also lead to causing serious illnesses in people, such as salmonella and Hantavirus. One mouse can create 50 droppings per day and urinate up to 2,000 times a day.
How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home
Prevention is always best, so be sure to winterize your home, garage, and shed to help keep rodents away. Remember, mice can fit into a space as small as a dime, so it’s important to seal any gaps or cracks that could provide entry into your home. Here are some tips:
- Seal off any gaps around utility lines enter your home
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors
- Replace weatherproofing
- Fix any window cracks with caulk
- Store food in airtight containers
- Keep attics and crawl spaces well-ventilated
- Store firewood 20 feet away from your home
Call in the Rodent Control Professionals!
Seeing grubs in your yard can be unnerving. You work hard to maintain a beautiful lawn, don’t let them destroy it. The best bet is to contact the pest control professionals at Ford’s Hometown Service to get rid of the problem and help implement preventative measures to keep them away.