Do Rodents Move Out in Spring?
If you have had rodents living inside your walls all winter, you may be inclined to believe that as soon as the weather gets warm enough, they will pack up and move back to their summer places. After all, aren't rodents better able to survive in the wild when temperatures are pleasant and food and water are plentiful? Well, while this may be true, being outside in the wild is not their first choice.
Think about it. If you went to all the trouble to move into a new home, worked hard to build a comfortable place to stay, and were given free food and water, would you want to move back outside? Of course not! The same is true for rodents. To make matters worse, rodents are also commensal animals (one that prefers to live off the benefits of another animal, namely you). That means that, although they may leave to forage for food outside when temperatures are more tolerable, these furry critters prefer to be in your home living off the resources you provide.
Once rodents have taken hold in your home, it can be very difficult to completely eradicate them, but here are a few things that might frustrate them enough to leave.
- Put all of your stored food in sealed plastic containers. Not only will plastic containers keep rodents from chewing into your food, they will seal smells in so that rodents aren't attracted to them.
- Store all food in the refrigerator. Rodents love to find fruit and other foods sitting out on the counter.
- Only put pet food down at mealtimes. Rodents are omnivorous. That means they don't just eat vegetables, fruits, seeds, and grains. They eat meat products as well.
- Keep your home free of crumbs and spills. Those tiny morsels add up to a full meal for mice.
- Repair any leaky pipes, sinks, tubs, or toilets. Rodents need something to drink.
- If you can't wash dishes right away, place them in a sink full of soapy water. It doesn't take much to feed a mouse.
Rodents are able to carry and spread disease throughout your entire home. This can lead to unexplained illness, missed work or school, and ongoing frustration. If you continue to see evidence that rodents are dwelling with you, it is vital to have a pest control company eradicate them completely.
Rodents don't only infest homes when the weather is cold. They stick around all year long if conditions are right. And because of this, year-round pest control is vital. Don't allow rodents to stay in your home, get help from Rottler today. Call or click for your free no-obligation estimate.