How Rodents Get Inside New Jersey Homes
We all know what mice and rats look like. These two critters are somewhat notorious and everyone has likely encountered them at some point. We also know how they get into our homes. Well… for the most part. We know that rodents can chew holes in the exterior of homes and can squeeze in through tiny gaps. But there is a lot more to it than that. In this blog, we’re going to take a closer look at how these intrusive rodents get inside and in doing so, we may learn some important information on how to keep these pests out.
When rodents explore the perimeter of our homes, they do so from an entirely different perspective than we do. They can easily crawl under our steps and have no problem finding their way under our deck or patio. In these places, they find things that are difficult for us to see such as water damage caused by a broken or clogged gutter system.
If a mouse or rat finds an area of moist, rotting wood, there is a good chance that they will chew on it. And when they do, they can gain access to the voids within the home. Once inside those voids, they are able to chew their way into basements, common areas, and even crawl up into the attic. If you’re scratching your head wondering how rodents have gotten into your home, this is probably how they found their way in.
Mice and rats prefer to live in secluded and protected locations, so they are prone to invading areas that humans don’t frequent such as basements, attics, and crawl spaces. They’ll also hide behind objects that are hard for us to get behind. If you have something stacked near your home such as a firewood, it will provide the perfect location for rodents to start chewing on the exterior of your home and eventually get inside.
If you have no objects against your exterior walls and no rotting wood for rodents to exploit, they will likely take a more direct route inside. These rodents may squeeze under a gap in your garage door, under a door that has a broken door sweep, or may even find a gap around a pipe or wire conduit and use that. Another entry point that rodents commonly take advantage of are the frames around doors, especially double doors that function as an entrance to a finished basement. If you have double doors in your foundation wall or on your main floor, an easy way to check if rodents have taken advantage of them to get into your home is to turn all the lights off and close all the curtains and use the midday sunlight outside to easily illuminate the holes. You may be shocked at what you find!
It is important to understand that mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime and rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter. If you find holes in your home’s exterior walls or door frames, make sure repair them or fill them in using a caulking gun.
Some rats are excellent climbers. If they gain access to your roofline, they can chew their way in through vulnerable spots or go down your chimney to get into your home. You can prevent this from occurring by trimming back tree branches away from your roof and putting wire mesh in downspouts to keep rats from climbing up.
Some rats create burrows underground. If these types of rodents are attempting to get into your home, they may target cracks in your foundation. Replace chipped mortar and do an inspection of the inside walls of your basement to find entry points. If you find one, patch it up. This will help to keep mice and rats out as well as a variety of other pests.
Fall is an important season to seal things up. The cold temperatures have a way of motivating these rodent pests to find a warm place to wait out the cold. And what place is warmer and cozier than our homes! If they decide to take shelter in your home during the chilly fall and winter months, they aren’t likely to move back out. Ever.
If you seal your home from top to bottom, you’ll have a much better chance of keeping rodents out — but they can still get in. Sometimes an infestation begins with a stowaway. Always make sure to check boxes, grocery bags, and other packages before bringing them into your home. All it takes is one pregnant rodent finding its way into your home to start a full-blown infestation.
If you’re dealing with a rodent infestation, the best thing you can do is reach out to a pest control professional. At Superior Pest Solutions, we use the most advanced products and methods to track and eliminate rodent pests. For assistance with rodent control in Vineland, New Jersey, or the surrounding area, go here. We look forward to serving you!