Avoid Rodent Invasion This Season
With the holidays approaching, many people are already thinking about decorating their homes, cooking up favorite seasonal treats, and planning parties to celebrate with their friends and families. It’s a special time of the year that’s filled with excitement and fun, and the last thing anyone wants to deal with is a pest problem. Unfortunately, rodents don’t care how full your calendar is or what holiday you’re preparing to celebrate. If they spot an opportunity, they’ll invade your home without hesitation.
How Rodents Get In
Persistent, clever and destructive, rodents don’t wait for an invitation to enter your home. With warmth, food and water available inside, they’ll use any opening they can fit through as an entryway into your home. In fact, if the gap they discover isn’t quite big enough for them, they’ll use their sharp teeth to gnaw away at the physical structure of your house until they manage to make the hole large enough for them to squeeze through.
Where Rodents Hide
Once inside a home, rodents settle in quickly. They tend to avoid occupied rooms, lurking instead inside basements, attics and less frequented spaces like storage rooms. They will also hide inside walls and cabinets. As scavengers, they will do their best to make forays into places where food is stored, so kitchens and pantries are often among their favorite destinations.
Signs of a Rodent Infestation
While rodents try to remain out of sight, there are clues that can alert homeowners to their presence. For example, you might:
- See droppings in the bottom of a cabinet or on a pantry shelf
- Discover nibbled packaging and other signs of food tampering
- Notice holes chewed through floors and walls to create entrances
- Find hidden spaces lined with nesting materials like shredded paper
- Smell stale, musky odors emanating from hidden spaces as a result of their urine
- Find disturbed insulation in an attic or crawl space
- Note greasy smears on the wall from where the rodents’ fur repeatedly rubbed against it
- Hear squeaking, rustling or gnawing from hidden spaces as the animals move around
The Real Trouble With Rodents
Rodents are a clear threat to both your property and your family’s safety. These pests can carry a wide assortment of diseases, and people don’t have to actually come into contact with the animal to get sick. Disturbing their nests can release the bacteria into the air and endanger the health of anyone in the vicinity. Dealing with a rodent infestation and cleaning up the mess is truly a job best left to pest control professionals.
If you suspect a rodent infestation, trust Pest Solutions Termite and Pest Control. Family-owned and veteran-operated, we service California’s Los Angeles and Orange counties. We understand that effective pest control is vital to providing a healthy and safe environment for your family, and we have the expertise to assist you with all of your pest control needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services or request a free estimate.