Is there a mouse in the house?
Kids are back in school, temperatures are starting to cool, and fall is approaching… Mice are on the hunt for new sources of shelter, food and water for winter.
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it has allowed a house mouse to thrive. Mice will readily explore your home using wall voids, utility pipes and wires, and heating and cooling ductwork to move around in search of its next meal. Plus they are very patient- popping through propped open doors, stowing a ride on in season clothing being brought in from storage, a crack in the foundation or door frame – all of these are perfect avenues to enter your home.
How do you know if you have a rodent problem? Some common signs of a possible rodent infestation include the following:
- Droppings (usually black in color and ¼- to ½-inch long) and urine (best detected using a black light)
- Chewed electrical, computer or cable wiring (a major cause of electrical fires)
- Unexplained chewing or gnaw marks on carpet, upholstery, drapes, furniture, and baseboards
- Chewed-on food product packaging in your pantry
In addition to the kitchen, what areas of your home are most vulnerable to attracting an unwanted rodent infestation?
- Attached garages, carports, and storage areas above these locations where storage boxes, pet food, and other items are found
- Bathroom cabinet voids
- In utility rooms and areas beneath, and within base voids of furnaces, washers, and clothes dryers
- In wall, ceiling, and floor voids
- In the insulation of attics and in the contents of the attic (e.g., storage boxes)
- In basements and crawlspaces near utility openings
- Firewood stacked next to the house and near a door
If you suspect a rodent problem in your home please don’t hesitate to call. Chilton’s will do a free Peace of Mind inspection before ever breaking out our equipment.
Remember, life is too short to be bugged, call Chilton’s today!
Original post by Clark Pest