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Be On the Lookout: Where to Find Mice and Rats

With cold weather approaching, humans are not the only ones who will be spending more time inside; rodents also begin to seek shelter in any place that may provide a refuge from the cold. Keeping this in mind, it is important to be familiar with places where rodents can typically be found. Their small size makes it very easy for these creatures to fit into little openings. In fact, rats can fit through an opening only a half of an inch wide, while mice can fit through even smaller openings of only a quarter of an inch.

These rodents can hide in and be found by many places, both inside and outside the home, including: sill ledges, fence rails, foundations, electrical wires, pipes, tree branches, conduits, wood/lumber/rocks/uncut foliage, cars and other unused items around the house/yard, garbage, holes under buildings, insulation, crawl spaces, and attics. In addition, rodents can be found inside of things stored in boxes, paper, or cloth and sometimes hide behind or near counters, cupboards, bathtubs, shower stalls, hot water heaters, and furnaces. With approaching cold, it is important to be on the lookout for signs of rodents in your home. If you ever see rodent droppings, gnaw marks, and/or burrows, this is an indication that you have rodents in your home.

It is also important to notice that rodents are attracted to all food and garbage and leaving food out inside or outside the house will attract these creatures. Once inside the home, rodents will eat any food that humans do, and they will even eat food that is packaged in plastic bags or boxes. They have even been known to eat pet food. In order to prevent rats, make sure foods are properly packed in rodent-proof containers (not cardboard or other materials that can be chewed through easily), discarded food is composted properly (no animal products should be composted), and garbage can lids are tightly sealed.

For more information on how to prevent rodents from inhabiting your home and how to get rid of rodents if they already have, be sure to read the next blogs in the series. Call Quest Pest at 860-490-5186 for assistance with all Pest Control issues!