With this time of year, we get our sweater and jacket season and think, "Yay! Cooler temperatures!" Well, we are not the only ones to notice the change in weather - So do mice and rats! These critters are looking for access to your home for a warm and protected place to live and reproduce until Spring.
Many homeowners notice signs of a mouse in their home and assume it is no big deal. However, it is "comforting " to know that 'cute' little mouse can birth as many as 12 babies every 3 weeks. Add this up, and it can become a big problem as mice like to chew and what they chew can be electrical wires and stored foods .
As Yoda would say, "Not so cute no, the mice are they?"
Here are some tips to help keep good rodent control in Arkansas...
Seal Up the Cracks to Keep Out the Rats
Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from finding easy entryways. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter your home. Replace loose weather stripping and caulk around windows and areas in your foundation if you have a crawl space. Mice can enter through holes smaller than 1/2 inch.
Don’t Build Mouse Attractions Near Your Home
Store any firewood at least 20 feet from your home and at least 6 inches off the ground. You will also want to trim shrubberies back from the house.
Clean Up the Clutter
Mice love clutter. Keep areas clear and store boxes off of the floor. Keep food (especially pet food) in rodent proof containers. . . . No , a cardboard box wont do. :-)
If you find rat or mouse droppings. or hear “sounds” of scurrying in walls or attics, or see other signs of rodent activity , you can use glue boards or call a licensed professional to inspect and treat for the pests.