The first time you hear the noises, you dismiss them as something in your imagination. Then they come again – a faint scratching, a tiny squeak, a rustle. It takes you a minute to pinpoint their location, but you soon realize that the noises are coming from inside your walls. This is just one of the signs of a rodent infestation. If it happens to you, you’ll want to know the keys to removing rodents from your Cashiers home.
The Signs of a Rodent Infestation
While scratching or squeaking sounds within your walls or ceilings is one sign that rodents have moved in, there are other signs to look for as well. There’s no guarantee that you’ll see all the signs listed below. You could find only one or a combination of them.
- Noises in your walls or ceiling
- Small, dark pellet-shaped droppings on counters or in cupboards or drawers
- Gnawed holes in walls or boxes
- Nests in secluded areas, like attics, storage rooms, or basements
- Grease marks along baseboards
Why Having Rodents in Your Cashiers Home is a Problem
Most people would agree that having rodents get into their home is an unpleasant problem to have, but a rodent infestation is more than a nuisance. Rodents cause many problems for Cashiers homeowners.
- They chew all the time, leaving your home with substantial damage to walls, insulation, wiring, piping, and more.
- They spread diseases, both through direct contact (i.e. biting) and indirect contact (i.e. food contaminated with their feces).
- They introduce parasites into your home that can spread even more diseases.
How Rodents Get Into Cashiers Homes
Rodents are attracted to homes for a number of reasons, the three biggest being that they provide shelter, food, and water. If the outside of your home provides plenty of hiding areas for rodents, they’ll be able to get close to your home undetected. They can then exploit weak areas in your house’s siding, soffits, roofing, and other areas in order to get inside. Mice can get through a hole as small as a dime and rats as small as a nickel, and if the hole isn’t large enough for them to fit through, they’ll gnaw away at it until it is big enough.
Keys to Removing Rodents From Your Cashiers Home
The best key to removing rodents from your Cashiers home is to not let them inside in the first place. Prevention can be accomplished in the following ways:
- Remove all outdoor food sources, such as pet food and bird feeders.
- Reduce outdoor water supplies, including areas of standing water you might not consider, like clogged gutters.
- Cut back foliage around your house to reduce hiding areas and eliminate bridges to the upper parts of your home.
- Remove lawn debris and keep your grass trimmed.
- Cap your chimney and any vents, and cover your eaves.
- Repair or seal any holes, cracks, or gaps around the outside of your house.
Unfortunately, sometimes rodents get inside before prevention steps are taken. In that case, removal is necessary. DIY methods are often used, but typically don’t eliminate the entire problem and can often be dangerous.
The safest and most effective way to remove a rodent infestation is to contact the professionals at Spencer Pest Services. We will not only eliminate the entire rodent infestation but will also clean up the mess they made and take steps to ensure they can’t get back inside in the future. If rodents have gotten into your Cashiers home, contact Spencer to set up your inspection.