Ten steps to rid your home of mice and/or rats:
- Inspect for any mouse/rat activity in your home. Mouse or rat droppings, chew or gnaw marks, infested food items, grease marks (indicates high traffic areas for mice/rats)
- Use traps or baits to eliminate any mice/rats found. Traps such as sticky traps or snap traps work well but you will have to remove the dead carcasses (wear gloves when removing). Baits will also work but take care to follow the label and keep out of reach of pets and children. Place traps or baits as close to any activity as possible. Mice and rats tend to follow walls or vertical surfaces. Place traps or baits against these walls. Do not use sonic repellants, they will not work. See previous blog post here.
- After no activity is observed for several days clean up all evidence left from mice/rats. Use gloves and a mask to prevent breathing harmful pathogens.
- Remove any type of food source in and around your home. Place pet food and bird seed in plastic storage containers that can be tightly sealed. Remember if you have a current problem with mice/rats having a bird feeder can supply them with plenty of food.
- Seal off any entry points inside your home. Example areas would be where plumbing and/or wiring enters the areas under kitchen cabinets, stoves, and dishwasher. Holes should be sealed with steel wool and not spray foam type products. Mice will chew right through these.
- Seal off any entry points around the outside of your home. Make sure foundation vent screens are tight, seal around wires and cables that enter the home, look for any openings the size of a dime that a rodent could squeeze through.
- Seal off any entry points under the home. This is an area that often goes overlooked. Seal around plumbing, wiring, air ducts, etc. in the crawlspace area.
- Make sure all your doors and window seal tight and no gaps are visible
- Remove heavy vegetation close to and on your home. These are great harborage areas for mice and rats.
- All of your garbage receptacles should be tightly sealed, away from your home. Also remove debris such as stored items, fire wood, from near your home. Mice and rats will make these areas their home.
We see a lot of mouse activity in Raleigh, Durham, and the Chapel Hill areas. They can be seen all year round but the Spring and the Fall of the year seems to be when we get the most calls for mouse control along with the other Spring and Fall pests.
Rats are typically found closer to the urban areas of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. We see mostly Norway Rats but sometimes Roof rats are observed. Rats are much bigger than mice and the evidence will be much larger.
Innovative Pest Solutions offers both mouse and rat control services along with many other pest control services. Call today to find out more about our services. (919) 847-6267