Rodents need food, water and shelter just like you do. However, you don't have to share your living space with them. Rats and mice invade homes to look for something to eat or a place to have their young. Most rodents stay away from people and build their nests outdoors far from houses. However, others may come closer to and invade your home because of certain attractors.
3 Things That Attract Rodents to Your Home
Rodents love clutter, trash and other debris. They can find spaces within the heap in which to build their nests and to escape from predators like cats and birds. If it's a large debris pile, it can house as many as a dozen mice or rats and give them shelter for producing a large colony.
Your house may not be as sealed and insulated as it seems. Over time, the weather causes cracks and crevices in the foundation, giving rodents a way to sneak into crawlspaces. Once they're inside, they get into your home through open pipes, vents and gaps around wires. Some rodent species, such as squirrels and roof rats, invade homes above the ground and climb through attic vents to reach the inside.
Bird feeders not only provide food for the birds in your yard but also the rodents. Whether it's a squirrel or a mouse, rodents enjoy birdseed and will attempt to raid the feeder if they can. If the bird feeder sits on your patio, you're inviting rodents much too close to your home. They may become more curious and try to find a way indoors.
Keep Rodents Out of Your Home for Good
Living with rodents puts you at risk of developing several diseases. In addition, their fur and dander are known to cause allergic reactions in some people. They contaminate surfaces with feces and urine and infiltrate pantries where they consume your food. If you have a rodent infestation, you need to act quickly before they multiply. RID Pest Control will locate the rodents in your home, eliminate the infestation and take preventative steps to stop another invasion in the future.