As the saying goes, where there is smoke there is fire. The same goes for mice and rats as generally when you see their droppings you are sure to have a furry critter not far away. As social creatures, both rats and mice tend to get lonely without companions, which is why generally when you are not dealing with one little mouse, but rather his whole extended family. Just as you would tell your friends and family about the great restaurant you have found to eat, a mouse or rat will bring along companions to share in the food, warmth, and hospitality your home has to offer, whether you like it or not.
So what is the big deal about a little mouse here and there? They are harmless, right? No, not really. According to the CDC, rodents can directly transmit a variety of diseases including the following:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
- South American Arenaviruses
While not all rodents will be carriers of the above diseases, they can still be a nuisance around the house as they chew everything in sight. It is not uncommon to find chewed electrical cords and food supplies when mice or rats are involved. They will chew through practically anything when trying to get to food. However, they don’t have to chew a very large hole as mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel while rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar.
This is often times how mice and rats originally come to be in a home or business. They have squeezed through some tiny hole that no one noticed. For this reason it is important that any rodent control measures include finding the gaps and holes that allowed entry in the first place. This is a service that Grand Prairie Pest Control provides in its list of extermination services. Common areas to find these holes and gaps inside your home include:
- Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves.
- Inside closets near the floor corners.
- Around doors.
- Around the fireplace.
- Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines.
- Around the pipes going to hot water heaters and furnaces.
- In the basement or crawl space.
- In the basement and laundry room floor drains.
- Between the floor and wall juncture.
- Around floor vents and dryer vents.
- Inside the attic.
Now, when looking for these areas don’t forget that mice can and do climb quite well and will often follow plumbing up to the second floor. Also, don’t forget to look on the outside of your home as well. The last thing you want is a rodent trapped in your walls and scratching away night and day. Some good places to look for holes and gaps on the outside of your home include:
- In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves.
- Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines.
- Around windows.
- Around the foundation
- Around doors.
- Attic vents and crawl space vents.
- Under doors.
Fill any small holes and gaps you find with steel wool kept in place with caulking around the edges. Larger holes can be fixed with cement, metal sheeting, lath metal, lath screen, or hardware cloth. Flashing can also be used around the base of the home to prevent entry. If this all sounds like too much work for you, that is okay as well. Grand Prairie Pest Control would be happy to not only rid your home of rodents, but to secure it from future invasions as well. Just give our Grand Prairie rodent control experts a call to schedule your consultation.