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Be Proactive About Mice and Rodent Infestation

Rodent infestations in and around homes can be extremely destructive. Each species has its own nesting and feeding behaviors, which can cause damage to homes, yards, and even gardens.

Knowing the warning signs and taking steps to prevent infestation is key to avoiding serious damage. If an infestation does happen, an experienced pest control company can help you take care of the problem quickly and safely.

Be Proactive About Mice and Rodent Infestation

How to Prevent Rodent Infestation

The best ways to prevent a rodent infestation are to block access to your home and create an inhospitable environment. To block access, seal exterior openings where animals may be able to get through. These are typically small spaces like cracks in the wall, gaps in siding, or even roof vents.

Keeping your home clean can also help deter rodents. One of the main reasons that rodents enter your home is to find a food source. Avoid leaving food lying around and clean up any crumbs that may build up on your counters or floors.

Signs of a Rodent Infestation

There are several ways to spot a rodent infestation before it becomes a major issue. One of the first signs is usually seeing droppings around your property. Inside your home, you may even see chew marks on wood or cardboard. Mice and other rodents are known to chew on anything from baseboards to electrical wires.

You may also find nests inside your home. Rodents are very clever when it comes to building nests and will use any material they can find to build a warm shelter.

One last major sign of mice or other rodents in your home is hearing them! When your home is quiet, you may be able to hear squeaking or scratching noises coming from your walls. If you hear these kinds of noises, it’s important to contact a qualified pest control company as soon as possible.

Humane Wildlife Removal

If you do experience a rodent infestation, you may worry that the only solution is to kill the animals. However, there are many other methods to control wildlife humanely.

After a thorough inspection of your home, a plan can be made to remove the animals safely, while still protecting your home.

Traps with bait are then set in and around your home. An internal mechanism will let animals climb in to get to the food, then trap them inside. These traps are often large and can hold several small animals at once. Once the animals are caught, they can be released back into the wild.

Maine Bed Bugs Rodent Infestation Solutions

Being proactive about rodent infestations is an important part of avoiding severe damage to your home. At Maine Bed Bugs, we take great care in safely removing wildlife from your home and helping you prevent them from returning.

If you notice any of the signs listed above or are already suffering from an infestation, there’s no need to panic. Give us a call at (207) 650-8654 to see how we can help you keep your home wildlife-free in the safest and most humane way possible.

Portland Cold Weather Creates Small Pest Control Challenges.

You wake up in the middle of the night. It felt like something was moving…on you? The light through the windows catches on two adorable, but beady eyes – a flying squirrel.

Never mind that they are relatively harmless and very cute, who wants a flying squirrel wandering around in the home? And like many pests where there’s one, there’s 40.

Cold Weather Creates Small Pest Control Challenges.

Flying squirrels are one of many small pests that like to make themselves at home with you over the winter as the cold sets in. Don’t let your home be their home, too – call a professional today.

Pest-Proofing

Small mammals like mice are remarkably good about wiggling their way into your home as the winter months set in. An essential part of pest control is defending your home against infestation. This means spending time identifying areas where winter pests may be entering the home and blocking potential entry.

It is astounding how small of a space mice can enter. They can squeeze through an opening of 7/10 of an inch. This means that protecting your home against the invasion of these winter pests will require a serious review of all of exterior surfaces.

Attic vents will need chicken wire coverings to prevent mice and squirrels. Holes behind exterior light fixtures should be secured to ensure mice are not squeezing in with the wires. Any gaps under doors may need new weather stripping or to be packed with steel wool. Foundation cracks should be filled with cement or caulk.

Pest-proofing means staying one step ahead of your wanna-be guests.

Trapping

Due to the size of some winter pests – racoons in your attic, anyone? – trapping may be one of the better options available. Typical pest control measures like kill traps and poison can be problematic with mammals that may then die in walls, attics, or crawl spaces.

For these pests, we can strategize with you regarding their removal. If doing a trap and release, they must be taken far away from the home before being let go. This assures that they will not return.

Winter Insects

As the snow melts and the damp season sets in, be sure to stay on top of any wood that is wet. This can attract carpenter ants and termites. These pests must be eradicated at the first sign as they can cause very serious structural damage.

Need a consultation over some Portland cold weather pests? Get in touch with Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control at (207) 650-8654.