The National Pest Management Association estimates that rodents like rats and mice consume or contaminate up to 20% of the world’s food supply. While they aren’t doing that, they’re busy sneaking into your homes and living deliciously.
Professional rodent removal companies have seen and gotten rid of millions of unwanted rodents and destructive animals from invaded homes around the country. But, usually, homeowners are part of the reason they have unwanted rodents in the first place.
Let’s take a look at why your home has unwanted rodents and what you might do to keep them more effectively at bay.
It shouldn’t be a secret that animals will live nearest to where there is easy access to food. Residential properties are perfect places. Pantries, fruit bowls, bird feeders, indoor and outdoor garbage receptacles, and anything of that ilk is a prime target for rodents to feast on and live near. This portion has a great deal to do with sanitation. Excessive garbage, uncleaned eating surfaces, and general mismanagement of food waste is a perfect buffet for unwanted rodents. Storing and disposing of food correctly and cleaning food preparation areas and eating surfaces will help keep them away. Giving them limited/no access to food will dissuade them from entering your home in the first place.
This jumps off of food access. If you give them easy access to food in or near the outside of your home, their next logical step is to find the best shelter that’s nearest their food source. If their food source is you, the most comfortable shelter will obviously be your cozy home. When these conditions are cultivated, a few unwanted rodents can swiftly turn into an infestation.
Environmental Factors Beyond Your Control
In case you didn’t know, wild animals aren’t fully subjected to human control. There are factors that will drive rodents into your home that you have nothing to do with. If a nearby shelter or food source is disrupted and you happen to be in the path they take while fleeing, that’s just how it goes. Larger predators will drive rodents into spaces they can’t follow. Foxes can’t easily climb through your walls to catch a mouse. As they say, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
However rodents have gotten into your home, it’s important to make an effort to eliminate the factors you can control that attract them. Beyond that, leave the rest to professionals.
If you’ve got a problem with unwanted rodents taking up residence in your home, call Legacy Rodent Control. We’re the animal and rodent removal company you can count on to have your home rodent free again.