Pest Entry: Mice and rats can enter through small openings in the foundation of a building, or can enter underneath doors that lack proper door sweeps. They are also excellent climbers and will use the pipes on the inside and outside of a building to make their way in. Mice can fit into very tight areas and can make it through holes as small as a 1/4″.
Environment: They are often found in basements and areas with lots of moisture like kitchens and bathrooms. Mice are such good climbers that they are also seen traveling to the upper floors of a building and creating nests on various floors, making them difficult to control. They must also find a food source and can often be found in areas where food is stored and prepared.
Reproduction: Rodents can reproduce very quickly and are difficult to control as a result. Mice reach sexual maturity in as little as two months and can have four to seven young at a time. This means that a population of mice may pop up almost out of no where, and become a problem quickly.
Health/Damage Concerns: Rodents have been known to spread a variety of diseases and can also bring other unwanted pest such as fleas, ticks and lice into the home.
Home Remedies: The best home remedy for rodents is exclusion; preventing them from getting in inside in the first place. This often means sealing up gaps around pipes indoors and outside, putting mesh over gutters, and sealing up any cracks in the foundation of the building, among other things. This can be a difficult task, but it will be worth-while in preventing unwanted pest entry.
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