All The Problems Rodents Can Cause In Your Gilbert Home
When mice and rats get into your home, they can create problems. Rodents are wild animals, and wild animals have bad habits. Here are a few things you can expect a mouse or rat to do when it gets inside a man-made structure:
- Rodents don't go outside to use the restroom. They're going to leave their droppings all over your home. While most of these droppings will be in the secluded spaces rodents prefer to explore, they can be left in sensitive zones such as your pantry or kitchen.
- Rodents will leave droplets of urine as they move about inside your home. A reason they do this is so that they can navigate by smell. Mice and rats have an amazing ability to map their environment using various scents—their urine being one of those scents. The longer you allow rodents to leave urine droplets in your home, the more you will notice the smell.
- Rodents are always chewing on things to see if they are food. They also chew to wear down their incisors which never stop growing. Rodents will chew holes to get inside, chew holes to access sensitive areas, chew holes in furniture, chew on wires, and chew on other building materials.
- Rodents don't come into your home alone. No, we're not talking about rodents bringing a family of rodents in with them—though they do this as well. We're talking about ticks, fleas, and other parasites. One mouse can have as many as a hundred seed ticks on its body.
If you detect mice or rats in your Gilbert home, it is a good idea to contact Green Home Pest Control for effective rodent control that includes the use of botanically and organically derived products.
The Secret To Keeping Mice Away From Your Gilbert Property
There are many ways to deter mice. While they require you to roll up your sleeves, believe us when we say it is well worth the effort to take these steps:
- Keep your lawn mowed.
- Remove organic debris such as leaf piles, dead branches, stacked wood, rock piles, etc.
- Remove lawn clutter such as kids' toys, construction materials, and stored items.
- Move bird feeders away from your exterior to keep seeds from being littered on the ground near your home. Mice love seeds.
- Trim your landscape plants near the base to remove hiding places in your vegetation.
- Keep trash in a covered container. Don't underestimate a mouse's ability to climb and jump its way into your receptacles.
- Seal potential entry points in your exterior such as gaps around plumbing and wire conduits and the gap above your sole plates.
- Address the routes mice take to get into your home. Trim branches away from your roofline. Put wire mesh in the downspouts of your gutter system. Put something prickly at the point where wires are connected to the exterior of your home.
When you make the effort to alter conditions that attract mice and provide an environment that is interesting to mice, you'll have fewer problems with these little curious pests.
What Every Gilbert Property Owner Needs To Know About Roof Rats
Roof rats will do all of the things mice do, and you can deter these rats in the same ways you deter mice. Roof rats are often called house rats because they are common, structure-infesting rodents like house mice. If these rats become a problem, you will have a difficult time convincing them to go away. We recommend routine inspections and added protective measures. Here are two to consider:
- Roof rats can chew through gable vents to get into your home. It is a good idea to use hardware cloth to keep rats out.
- Roof rats can chew through your eaves. You may be able to apply metal flashing to key areas to stop them.
If you need rodent control for a roof rat infestation, remember that Green Home Pest Control is always available to help.
The Complete Guide For Keeping Rodents Out Of Your Gilbert Home
When it comes to keeping rodents out, you need to consider food sources, hiding places, routes of access, water sources, and potential entry points. All of these are what motivate rodents and increase your chances of an infestation. We've already covered some of this in this article. If you want complete control, you need to do your best to address these trouble areas.
On top of general rodent management, it may be necessary to have an educated residential pest control professional apply rodent control because certain conditions and elevated rodent pressures cause rodent management to fall short. If this is the case for you, let Green Home Pest Control help. We use Integrated Pest Management and naturally derived control products to arrest rodent infestations on your Gilbert, AZ property. We would love the opportunity to speak with you about these. Reach out to us for immediate assistance. We can help.