Rodents, mainly mice and rats, are a fairly common problem no matter where you live, including Greenwood, Indiana. Rodents will often take up residence inside your property and shortly thereafter begin making a family. Interesting facts about rats and mice:
- Rats and mice can live from 6 months all the way to 3 years.
- Some rat species can breed as often as every 2-3 months, producing up to 12 offspring each time.
- Mice start breeding as young as 1-2 months old. While their litters are often smaller, they are more frequent so they can increase more quickly than rats.
You want to locate and exterminate them early on to prevent large families from nesting on your property.
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Mice and Rats in Greenwood, Indiana
Not only are most people disgusted by the thought of rats or mice in their home, but these rodents also pose a number of health threats. Mice and rats have been documented to carry:
- South American Arenaviruses
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
Clearly, not all rodents will carry diseases. However, rodents can still be a nuisance around your home because they will chew on everything. Rodents will try to raid your food, and may contaminate it if successful. Rats will chew through anything that sits between them and food. In fact, they will even chew through a wall if they think food is on the other side. They typically live in nests they formed from shredded grocery sacks, paper, clothing, and whatever material is nearby. Generally you will find their nests in walls, boxes, behind kitchen appliances, or in the cupboards.
They don’t have to chew a very large hole either because they can squeeze through tiny holes. In fact, mice can squeeze through a nickel-size hole and rats through a half-dollar size hole. This is usually how mice and rats originally gain entry into a property. They squeezed through some tiny hole that went unnoticed. That is why it is very important that any rodent control measures include finding the gaps and holes that allowed entry in the first place. This is a service that our Greenwood rodent control specialists can perform for you.
Included below is a list of the common areas where we find rodents in homes. The common areas are:
- Lower corners of your attic
- Around doors
- Around your water pipes
- Around the fireplace
- Inside the attic
- Under kitchen cabinets
Steel wool is great for filling holes and gaps found in your home. We have found that metal sheeting, cement, lath metal or screen, and hardware cloth all work well for filling larger holes. Flashing near the base of your home is another alternative that’s available but may sound a bit too overwhelming. Not to worry. We’d be happy to send out our Greenwood rodent control experts to not only rid your home of existing rodents, but to secure it from future invasions as well. Just give us a call to schedule your consultation.