Imagine this. You shuffle into your kitchen at midnight for a tasty snack, snap on the light switch, then turn to see a cute furry little mouse sitting on your countertop chewing on a piece of toast. "Well, well, I see we both had the same idea", you say to the mouse as you pat his sweet little head. "Is that toast good?" What? That's NOT how it would go down? Why are we not surprised.
Which Rodents Invade Missouri Homes?
Here in Missouri, there are several rodents that can potentially invade your home. The list includes the house mouse, deer mouse, and the Norway rat. They are cute and fuzzy - perhaps, but good to have in your home? Not so much.
If you are finding tiny black droppings in the back of your silverware drawer or holes chewed through cardboard packaging or if you hear scraping sounds inside your walls, there is a good chance you have rodents. You may think this is not a big deal, but there are several dangers rodents pose to humans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list many rodent dangers, with everything from pulmonary syndrome, leprosy, and other diseases!
Rodents can also harbor bacteria in their fur and on their bellies. They pick up these bacteria from crawling around in sewers, dumpsters, compost, or even dead animal carcasses. All this rot is in their fur and droppings; and, as if this isn't enough, they are known to carry parasites like mites, fleas, and lice in their fur.
So, is there anything you can do to get rid of rodents or keep them out?
There are a few ways that will work to get rid of mice or rats from your home. Some things include using peppermint oil, mothballs, traps, or other commercial repellents. While these things may give you some success and temporary relief, it is likely your cute little house guests will be back because the places where they got in in the first place are still there, but here are some steps you can take to keep them out. Keep in mind, some rodents can squeeze through openings ¼ of an inch or larger.
Clean up crawl spaces and seal up any holes or cracks using a caulking gun.
Check the outside of your house carefully, sealing up any holes.
Clean and fix holes in the attic.
Seal holes inside your house, especially in the pantry.
What is an easier (and much more effective way) to get rid of rodents, and keep them out, you ask?
Rodents are clever and resourceful creatures equipped with the tools necessary to chew through your defenses. The only sure way to get rid of these pests and keep them out is to hire a professional who is experienced in monitoring and excluding rodents. A professional will also know what measures are needed to disinfect places that have been tainted by those rodents and whether or not all rodents have been removed from your wall voids.
Those rodents may be cute and fuzzy, but there is nothing cute about having them in your home. When you have rodent issues, give us a call. The certified technicians here at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions are looking forward to helping you solve your rodent problem quickly and completely.