Oh, Rats! Identifying and Preventing Rodent Damage
Nothing produces that feeling of fear and disgust quite like rodents. No one likes to discover those tell-tale signs of rodent invasion. But if this does happen to you, acting swiftly is key to preventing more damage.
Recognizing the signs of a rodent infestation can help you act quickly. Droppings are usually the first sign of an infestation. These droppings are pointed on both ends and rod shaped. Unfortunately, rodents can access homes in many ways, including coming through pipes, slipping under doors or infiltrating small cracks as wide as a pen cap. You may actually spot the rodent scurrying through the house, as they love to explore their territory. You may notice footprints (but not always) where the rodent has been. Further, rodents gnaw to keep their teeth in shape, leaving debris and shavings behind. During the night, this gnawing and scurrying may be heard when the lights are off. You may notice burrowing into the insulation or other tunnel-like areas carved out by rodents. If you notice a distinct odor, you have a more serious problem, as smell is the primary way rodents communicate with each other.
Prevention includes making sure that opportunities for feeding are limited. While rodents prefer a natural diet of seeds, berries, etc., they are also opportunistic eaters and will eat whatever is available. Rats have even been known to eat cinderblock! Store food in airtight containers, wipe up spills and monitor the sanitation of your home. Seal any cracks bigger than a pen cap. Do not use wood products to seal holes, as rodents can chew through this.
If a home is already infested, prevention methods will not help. Why go beyond setting out a mousetrap or putting out poison? Poison is dangerous for obvious reasons, since pets or children can get into the poison as well, no matter how well placed. A mousetrap will not ensure that the problem is solved, since the mice you see are not usually an indication of the mice you actually have in the home. House mice reproduce at an astonishingly fast rate, and mice begin mating at six weeks old. Ransford uses quality products like high end, locked bait boxes and other methods of controlling the problem so that your home is protected against the disease that rodents can track in.