It is no secret that rodents can be a problem here in St. Louis. And, if you're dealing with mice or rats right now, you may be wondering how on Earth they're getting in. Don't worry. You're not alone. These furry little invaders are pretty clever. Here are a few ways rodents may be doing the reverse Houdini on you.
5 Ways Rodents Get In
A hole under your porch or deck. Most species of mice and rats will attempt to enter structures from somewhere low. Since they are small creatures, they can do this in places that aren't easy for you to get to. If your exterior walls are softened by moisture damage, or chewed on by insects, mice will be more than happy to exploit these vulnerable spots.
Up your downspouts and through your roofline or soffits. Roof rats and some species of mice can use your downspouts to go up. When they do, there are many ways for them to chew their way in through your roofline. They can also scale brick walls, vegetation, lattice, and other external structures.
Down your chimney, like Old Saint Nick. It may seem impossible for a rodent to get down your chimney but mice and rats are adept climbers. You would be amazed at what they can climb up--and climb down into.
The corners of windows and doors. You are probably aware that rodents like to chew. But, they have a preference for the corners of windows and doors. If they see a small crack where two pieces of wood meet, they will find it hard to resist chewing on it.
Gaps around pipes and conduit. A mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime and a rat can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter. If you have gaps around your utilities and plumbing, these creatures will take full advantage of it.
When rodents get in they can:
Make noises in your walls and attic spaces.
Leave droppings everywhere, including your silverware drawers and food shelves.
Leave urine with a potent smell.
Bring diseases into your home.
Chew their way into food boxes and contaminate food.
Introduce parasites such as lice, mites, ticks, and fleas.
Spread harmful bacteria from dumpsters and sewers to your food prep surfaces, dishes, and silverware.
It is never a good idea to live with rodents. If you're seeing or hearing signs of rodents in your St. Louis home, let Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions find where they're getting in, remove all rodents currently infesting, and establish protocols to protect your home from future invasion. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.