Your home isn't designed to fit the needs of rodents, and yet it does anyways. Your wall voids provide rodents with ample space in which to hide and build nests. Fabrics and insulation around your home are perfect for rodents to construct their beds. Your home even has pipes of continuously flowing water for rodents to drink. The only thing rodents need to cause trouble around your home is a way in. Read on for some practical tips you can use to prevent rodents from getting into your Lincoln home.
Common Rodents Around Lincoln
Several species of rodents live here in Lincoln, but only a couple are known for invading homes: rats, and mice. Both of these furry foes are known for having sharp teeth and cunning wits. Mice are more common pests due to their smaller size, which allows them to squeeze into homes easier. Rats are more destructive because of their stronger teeth which can chew through materials as durable as lead. Besides these things, the problems these pests cause are relatively the same. To start, both rats and mice have to chew constantly to keep their teeth filed down. You have probably heard of rodents chewing holes through walls, but did you know that they can also gnaw through electrical wiring and water piping within the walls of homes. We don’t have to tell you why this kind of behavior is problematic.
The Dangers Of Rodents
Rodents, especially rats and mice, are not the cleanest creatures. Rats and mice are commonly found around sewers and garbage and are known for consuming rotting, dead, and decaying organisms. Because of this, rats and mice pick up a variety of dangerous bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites. When inside homes, rodents spread these sickness vectors by way of their fur, and with their fecal matter and urine, over countertops, tables, and into the food they scavenge. When cleaning up after a rodent infestation, use protective gear to avoid getting sick.
Why Rodents Are So Difficult To Eliminate
Rats and mice are some of the most intelligent mammals on the planet. So much so that they are used as points of study. In certain observations, rats and mice were seen triggering traps without getting caught and then eating the bait. This happens more than you would think inside homes. On top of being smart, rodents are also prolific breeders. If more than four rodents are present inside your home, the chances of you catching them all before they start breeding are slim. It doesn’t hurt to try traps if you discover a rodent inside your home. Just be aware if you don’t find success quickly, your problem may get worse fast.
Five Quick Tips To Prevent Rodents
- Seal gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation, using steel wool and a caulking gun.
- Repair broken or damaged window/door screens.
- Keep your yard well maintained and clutter-free.
- Clean your home regularly and limit the number of rooms where you eat meals to just one or two.
- Store leftover food inside airtight containers.
The Only Way To Control Rodents
Because rodents are so challenging to deal with, professional help is the only guaranteed solution for eliminating them all from your home. At ProActive Pest Control, we know how rodents behave, and our team has methods and equipment designed to remove them from homes quickly. If you suspect your home has been infested by rodents, let us know. We will send one of our highly qualified pest technicians your way ASAP.
Reach out to us today to find out more about our rodent control or to schedule a quality inspection for your Lincoln home and property.