What Attracts Rats & Mice To Your Home
Colder weather is often attributed to an increase in rodent infestations in homes and buildings. The belief is based off rodents seeking warmth and shelter during cool weather conditions. While this is true, a roof over a rodents head is not the only factor that is attracting the furry creature.
Rodents most likely will not search far for an indoor nesting location, so it’s assumed that the rodents were already nearby. So since rodents were already within close proximity, you must consider other factors for being the main contributor for rodent infestations.
Rodents have three survival requirements: food, water and shelter. Since the shelter requirement was already met before the rodents moved in, that leaves only two other factors they need to suffice.
Food sources in or around your home is generally the main attractant for rodents. Restaurants, commercial complexes, and shopping centers have great difficulty controlling rodents because of the large amount of trash they put out. Nearby restaurant dumpsters are like a buffet to rats and mice. Closed and secure dumpsters eliminate the easy food source for rodents.
But for most homeowners, a commercial dumpster is not the food source rodents are accessing. Instead, rodents like roof rats, which are common in the Orange County area, are seeking backyard fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, and dog and cat food. And once a rodent finds a safe and reliable food source, they won’t leave.
Roof rats are the number one serviced rat in Orange County. These disease-carrying vermin have a quick reproduction cycle and can produce up to 50 young rodents in a year. At this rate, any neighborhood can be overwhelmed.
Rats and mice are nocturnal, so they will do their feasting at night. Make sure you clean up leftover bird seed and pet food overnight and pick up fallen fruit from trees in your yard. Encourage your neighbors to do the same for a collective rodent prevention plan. Rodents can easily travel to your neighbor’s home for food via utility lines, walls, fences, alleyways and drain pipes.
Signs to look for if you suspect a rodent infestation are pellet droppings, trails in your yard, grease or gnaw marks on baseboards, or hollowed out fruits on trees.
Utilize a combination of rodent prevention techniques and licensed rodent control exterminators to keep rats and mice at bay year round.
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