Are you worried about mice or rats infesting your home this fall? If so, then you’re going to want to read about these five common rodent infestation mistakes homeowners make. While there are many things you can do to prevent a takeover, Residential Inspector of America suggests you don’t try to get rid of rodents on your own. Instead, call us for an inspection and then call our sister company, Pest Nation, for extermination.
1. Not Addressing Tiny Cracks
Mice and rats can get into your home through very small cracks, so it’s important to seal up any openings you find, either inside or outside, along the foundation of your home. So, look for these around your home before the fall and use a silicone sealant or expanding foam to fill them.
2. Using Over-the-Counter Solutions
Many homeowners try to get rid of rodents on their own by using over-the-counter solutions. For example, if you use sticky glue traps, the rodents can easily escape them. And if you use poison pellets, then you could be left with dead animals in your home that leave an unpleasant smell.
3. Stacking Garbage or Wood Piles Next to the House
Mice and rats are attracted to garbage and wood piles, so it’s best to keep these away from your house. So, if you have a compost pile, make sure it’s at least 30 feet away from the house. And if you have a pile of firewood, try to keep it at least 20 feet away from the foundation of your home.
4. Thinking There’s Only One
When it comes to rodent infestations, many homeowners make the mistake of thinking there’s only one. However, that’s usually not the case. Where there’s one mouse or rat, there are certainly more. So, just because you catch one rodent doesn’t mean you’ve taken care of the problem.
5. Leaving Crumbs On the Floor
Leaving crumbs on the floor is one of the easiest ways to attract mice and rats. These pests are always looking for an easy meal, and crumbs are a perfect snack. So, make sure to clean up any messes and sweep or vacuum your floors regularly.
Find the Right Rodent Solution
Don’t fall victim to a rodent infestation this fall and winter. Instead, turn to Residential Inspector of America for an inspection and remedy. We proudly serve residents throughout Atlanta, GA, and even conduct radon and mold tests. So, let’s find out what’s plaguing your home after you schedule an inspection! Have more questions? Give our office a call at (770) 476-4963.