Rodents: 3 Things They Love About Your House

Posted on: November 1, 2019 by in Pest Elimination
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In the winter we all expect our household pest problems to die down; it’s too cold for ants and scorpions, the wasps and bees go to hibernate, and even fleas and ticks stop being such a problem.

However, not all pests are deterred by the cooler weather and there are even some who are more likely to invade our space, namely, rodents. Rats and mice are the most common rodents in Las Vegas to decide to make your home their own, and quickly become problematic once they move in. Rats and mice damage property and spread harmful bacteria over kitchen surfaces and anywhere they defecate, so it’s important you deter them from your home.

Here are 3 reasons they love your home so much, and what you can do to deter them from your property.

  1. It’s Warm

Just like us, rodents seek warm places when the temperatures drop outside, and your home is warm, soft and dry, and likely free of predators.

If you want to deter rodents from invading your property, look at the outside of your home and check for any openings rodents may be able to use to squeeze their way inside, and plug it as best you can. Rodents are very good at fitting through small spaces, so it’s worth filling any gap your find no matter how small.

You should also trim back any overhanging trees and foliage rodents may be able to climb up to get onto your roof. Once rodents are inside your home the problem is much more difficult to deal with, so it’s worth putting in a little work now to stop them from entering in the first place.

  1. You Have Plenty of Food

If there’s one thing most of us have in abundance in our homes, it’s food. And no time is this truer than in the winter. Thanksgiving and Christmas often leave us with delicious leftovers, snacks left out on coffee tables for our guests, boxes of chocolates squirreled away, all of which an uninvited rodent will gladly help themselves to. Rodents and other pests don’t need much to survive, just a few dropped crumbs or an unwashed dinner plate is all they need.

Do your best not to leave unwashed dishes out overnight and keep leftover food in airtight containers or in your refrigerator.

  1. Plenty of Available Water

Rodents are attracted to the water on your property no matter what time of year it is, but they’ll find the available water inside your home particularly inviting once they’ve done the hard work of getting in. Pet bowls, dripping taps, or even a leaky pipe will be enough to keep unwanted furry guests happy all winter long.

If you have pets providing water is unavoidable, but if you don’t, ensure all taps and pipes are in good condition and don’t leave spills on kitchen surfaces.

 

If your prevention methods haven’t worked and you’re dealing with a rodent problem in the Las Vegas area, don’t hesitate to contact us. We serve all of Nevada and Arizona and will ensure your rodent problem is dealt with as quickly as possible. Click here for more information or call us at 866-674-7779.