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What Attracts Rodents to a Home?

Prolific breeders, rodents need a habitat that supports the needs of their offspring. These animals seek secluded locations that shelter them from the harsh weather and their predators. The ideal location typically has a reliable of source of food and water. Rodents are opportunistic animals that will infest your home if the conditions are right.

Is Food and Water Available?

Food scraps, crumbs and trash left out uncovered overnight emit odors that attract various pests, including rats, mice and other rodents. Ensure food products are in sealed containers, inside cupboards or the pantry area. Clean up spills as soon as they occur. Avoid leaving pet food in open bowls for extended periods because it may also attract rodents. Repair any leaky pipes to restrict access to water. You should empty or remove containers located outdoors and fill in low-lying areas that collect water near your home. A small amount of moisture can sustain rodents for substantial periods.

Are There Warm Places to Hide?

Clutter and unnecessary items piled near the house provide good hiding places. Holes in floors, walls and along rooflines allow the animals to gain access to attics, crawl spaces and garages. Rodents are instinctive climbers and can squeeze through extremely tight spots. They can run along tree limbs, power lines and other architectural features to reach your home. Once they establish a nest, rodents begin producing litters year-round. In addition to removing sources of food and water, you can make your home less susceptible to rodent infestations by sealing potential routes that the animals typically use.

Signs of an Infestation

Inspect your home every few months for signs that rodents may be trying to chew through wood or metal eaves, soffits or vents. Check for holes where pipes and wires pass through the wall or foundation. Look for gnaw marks on electrical cables. Check to see whether there are scratches or nibbles on food packaging. Inspect warm areas like closets and laundry areas for signs of rodents. Look for tracks in carpeting, grease stains on molding or furniture legs and footprints in disturbed dust. You may also notice their waste material or hear the sounds of these pests running inside the walls or ceiling.

If You Think You Have an Rodent Infestation, Act Quickly

Most do-it-yourself baits and traps are ineffective. If you have a rodent infestation, you can rely on Accel Pest and Termite Control to handle the issue. Our team is familiar with the locations rodents are likely to nest. The technicians also have the expertise and resources necessary to eradicate the rodents. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote and information about your pest problem.

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