A common question, often asked by homeowners, is “How do rats and mice get into my home?” Every year, hundreds of thousands of rodent infestations are reported across the United States. Some of the causes of these invasions can be simple enough: rats and mice are attracted to homes with high levels of human traffic and may find any number of shortcuts into a home, including crawl spaces, under floorboards, behind appliances, behind walls, in attics and anywhere else that they can climb and burrow. Other causes are more complex and have to do with construction and design and the environment in which you live.
Rodents and mice are highly adaptable creatures, able to gauge the presence of humans in their environment quite easily. They know when food is scarce and will scour a home looking for sources of food, eventually finding them if there are enough signs. If you have noticed small holes in the corners of your walls or have found rat droppings on your furniture, mice are often the culprit.
Rodents and mice will also seek out new homes to live in and have been known to colonize houses after someone leaves. This process can be very damaging to a home’s foundation if it isn’t halted in progress. Many rodent control services will be able to assist with eliminating any rodents that have taken up residence in your home. Once they’re removed, the holes or tunnels can be sealed and the house re-furbished.
How do rats get inside?
One of the most surprising answers to the question of “How do rats get into my home?” is that cats and dogs can also be invading a home. It’s important for owners to understand that many common house pets can also cause rats and mice to flourish in an indoor environment. For example, many dogs and cats are fairly adept hunters, with the ability to locate their prey and bring it down with a bite. Even though rodents can’t usually distinguish between a cat or a dog, they will often attack dogs for the sheer excitement of hunting, while cats are generally more afraid of cats.
Rats and mice have a great deal of dexterity. They can run, hide, and manipulate their surroundings quite effectively. And rodents don’t have to use all their skills in order to do so. With the right environment, they can easily enter a home unnoticed and then disappear as quickly as they arrived.
How do you prevent rodents from getting in?
As strange as it might seem, snakes may be the number one answer to “How do rats get into my home?”. Commonly known as skunk proofing, snake proofing involves installing devices that prevent rats and mice from being able to access the inside of a home. Snakes can be placed around the outside of the house on areas where the animals tend to roam. Many snake guards can also be installed underground and out of sight so that the animals will not be able to access the inner parts of a house. These devices can be installed on the exterior of a home, or inside, depending upon the area of the house that is considered most vulnerable.
While some rats and mice can be deterred by a simple rodent pest deterrent system, many have no fear. It is typically the rats’ ingenious minds that allow them access to houses, and many rats simply choose to ignore traditional methods of deterring rodents. In any event, a more permanent solution than relying on non-chemical rodenticides is to provide a secure entry point for pets and children through a cage or protected enclosure. Rat cages can be purchased or made, or a wooden board can be affixed to the top of a closet or door frame, securely limiting rats and other small rodents while keeping your family safe.
We are hyper-aware today of potential health risks in this time of COVID. A very important part of any rodent control plan is to provide a safe food and water source for the family. Rats can easily carry rodent poisons through doors or windows, so it is essential to block them from getting into your home in the first place. Using rodent traps or bait, or both is a good way to catch rats as they are entering your home. For additional information regarding effective rat and rodent control, contact a pest control company today. They are often able to recommend ways to keep rats out of a home as well as ways to prevent the rodents from coming back. At Boo’s Bug Stoppers we have a program for rodent control that works well to keep rodents outside of your home.