Why Prevention is Important for Rodents
Seems everyone has a mouse or rat story. They are so common that we don’t seem to realize just how serious an issue having a rodent infestation can be for our homes and our family’s health. It is far easier to prevent them from coming in than it is to eradicate them once they have inhabited the walls and spaces in your home.
Mice and rats might look the same at first glance, but they really have different behavior and physical attributes, which makes it easier to determine which pest you are dealing with. Rats are usually 10-12 inches long, from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tails. Mice are only 5-7 inches from nose to tail. This is about where the major differences end. Like most rodents, their incisor teeth are constantly growing, which means they have a constant need to chew to keep their incisors filed down. Both mice and rats can be very destructive and dangerous to your home.
- They can present an increased fire hazard by chewing electrical wiring and their nests made of flammable material and formed in cavities of your home near possible heat/fire sources.
- Their nests with their waste can contaminate attic spaces and home cavities with harmful bacteria and pathogens.
- They help themselves to your food. Not only do they eat it, but they contaminate it and surrounding food, as well as the area with their waste.
- One female mouse can have 5 to 10 litters per year. A litter can have 3 to 14 mice. You can see how quickly a few mouse can turn into a full blown infestation quickly. This is another reason why prevention is vitally important.
At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions we offer the Signature Protection program to prevent and stop rodent infestations. We are the experts on keeping your home rodent free. But you can do a few simple things to help prevent pests from having easy access to your home by following these steps:
- Keep trees trimmed back away from roof line.
- Visit your attic and remove any unnecessary clutter.
- Any trash stored outside should be in a sealed container and as far away from your home as possible.
- Fix and seal all cracks and crevices around windows and in foundation walls.
- Properly address and resolve any moisture issues around windows and doors.
- Keep an extra tidy kitchen! Keep crumbs on, under and around countertops, appliances and cabinets cleaned up.
If you find yourself, and your home in a situation where rats or mice have invaded, or you would like a professional to come and perform an initial inspection of your home, call the St. Louis pest control experts at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions.