Rat (roof rat ,norway rat) and mice activity is mostly is seen in winter time. Pest control companies seek 50% to 70% rise in the rodent business during winter season. During the summer season there is good supply of food is available in kind of fruit,nuts and grain. As the food is available the population of these pest also increases as there is less competition. As the winter approaches the food supply becomes less and its forces the mice ant rat to look for the source of food. so in search of food they move into homes offices shops and factories.Rats and mice are well known to gnaw on cables causing short circuits, pipes causing floods, eating our food causing health risks, and causing consternation to those with a natural fear of rodents.
Rat and mice can enter in to homes by one of following routes
For rat prevention pay attention to these points,
- Remove any birds feeder .
- Do not use compost.
- check your garage door rubber
- keep dog food in close container
- tress branches should be trimmed 3 feet away from the perimeter of house.Look in places both high and low. Rats and mice are excellent climbers. Roof rats are better climbers than the larger Norway rats and feed readily in trees. They will walk along branches that overhang roofs and drop down onto the roof. From here they rarely have difficulty getting into the roof void via gaps around the eaves.
- No thick vegetation around the house
- Pick up the fallen fruits.
- Check the chimney sides . The chimney metal sheets touching the roof should be properly attached.
- All the tiles or shingles on the roof should be in place. fix the broken or fallen one.
- check the crawl space vent. Fix or replace the damaged one.
- Check any gaps in the foundation of the house . pay attention to the plumbing pipes .
- Dryer vents of stove vents should have proper screens or lids.
Sighns of mice rat presence:
For Rat prevention look for the following signs of there presence
Burrows: Check in weedy places, under boards, under dog houses and near garbage cans or dumpsters.
Scratching Sound: Listen for gnawing or scratching in walls or attics, especially at night.
Chewed paper or cloth (including gloves, carpet, clothes) are often found in boxes, drawers, basements or attics.
Odor: A musty odor usually indicates mice and rats, are present.
Pet Excitement : Cat and dog are excited by the presence of mice and rat.
Alarm going on: Some time the alarm of the offices and homes is activated by the movement of the mice or rat in front of sensor.
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