Return of the Rodents: How Mice and Rodents Enter Your Home

Rodent Control

Starting in the fall, mice and other rodents need to find a warm place for the winter. They'll store food and build nests. The warmest place rodents can find is your house. It's perfect – it's warm, has food, and a drinking source. Whether you already have problems or you anticipate problems, it's time to take steps to prevent these pests from entering your home. Once they do, you'll end up with a large infestation that is harder to control.

Signs of Rodent Infestation

You can tell if you have a rodent infestation by looking for their signs of rodents. If you see gnawed places in cabinets, closets, under the kick space for counters, and other places, you most likely have a problem with mice. They like to chew on things to keep their teeth short. Wood isn't the only thing they'll chew through. They will even chew through soft metals, such as aluminum and lead.

You might also notice a vinegary or ammonia smell in the house. Mice usually don't leave much of an odor, but you might be able to smell their waste. Their droppings are about the size of a grain of rice and are black. Look for droppings along the walls, in the corners of closets, in your pantry, and cabinets.

Finally, mice have greasy fur. You can see greasy fur marks along baseboards and the bottom of walls where they run. They will also leave grease smears where they squeeze into tight places, such as under cabinets.

How to Get Rid of Mice

Before you can be successful in getting rid of rodents, you have to determine where they are coming in. You might kill all of the mice in your house, but more will continue to come in unless you block their entry points. Mice control success largely depends on blocking them from entering your home.

Look for cracks in basement walls, places where they enter under vinyl siding, and if you have a crawlspace, where they might be entering from under the floor. Check for spaces between the walls and pipes that exit and enter your home. Fill in any cracks in a cement wall with mortar. Stuff steel wool between pipes and the wall, then cover it with spray foam insulation. A mouse can get through a crack that is much smaller than its body, making rodents in home common, even if you believe you have all entry points blocked.

You might see mice running across your living room, or you could hear them in the walls. The best way to get rid of them is by using snap traps. Bait the traps with peanut butter – it works better than cheese – and set the traps along the trails they travel while in your house. Traps are better than poison because you don't want the mice ingesting the poison and then dying in your walls.

If you continue hearing mice in the walls, you might drill a small hole a few inches above the floor where you hear the mice. Put a baited trap right under the hole. If you continue having problems with mice, you might have to contact a professional for help with locating their trails and hiding places. A professional will know the best places to put the traps and where to drill holes – that way, you won't be filling your walls with holes trying to catch these pests.

Contact McDuffie Pest Control

If you are having problems keeping mice out of your home, contact McDuffie Pest Control for an appointment to discuss rodent control and how to get rid of rodents.