Protecting Your Home Against Rodents

Protecting Your Home Against Rodents

When any rodent gets into your home, it is cause for concern. Mice and rats can bring in disease, damage your electrical wiring and contaminate food. They can be hard to completely get rid of because they multiply quickly and already have a way in.

Once you deal with any infestation, you need to reassess your home to make sure it does not happen again. You need to find and deal with any problem areas.

Signs of a Rodent Infestation 

Look out for these signs to confirm a rodent Infestation:

Droppings

One of the best telltale signs of a rodent problem is that you will find their droppings. Check around food packages, in drawers and cupboards and under the sink. 

Gnawing

Rodents will chew into your food packages. If you have evidence of this chewing on packages or other materials, you may have a rodent problem.

Tracks

You may also see footprints or tail marks in your home.

Nesting Materials

Rodents will make a nest in your home. You could find furniture stuffing, shredded paper and other materials that they are using to make their nests.

Sounds

Listen for squeaking or scurrying sounds in the walls. 

How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation

Once you deal with a rodent problem, you need to keep them out by:

Sealing Points of Entry

Rodents are able to squeeze through extremely small holes. Even if you think the hole may be too small, if they are able to get their head in, they can get the rest of their body in. A rat may also gnaw on smaller holes to make them bigger and be able to get in that way. Plug any small holes with steel wool.

Eliminate Ways They Could Climb In

Keep your tree branches trimmed away from utility lines and your roof. Any climbing vines should be removed. Plastic or metal sheeting around pipes and tree trunks can prevent them from climbing in that way. Food should also be stored carefully and trash cans should be covered.

Work With a Professional

The best way to deal with a rodent infestation and protect your home is by working with a professional. Worldwide Pest Control Professionals are skilled in finding problem areas and helping you to correct them. They can deal with infestations and help protect your home for the future. 

Do not let rodents ruin your home and infect your family. Contact us at Worldwide Pest Control today to schedule an inspection.