Rodents tend to chew on everything that they have access too. Therefore, if you find signs of rodent infestation in your attic or crawl space, you must act quickly in order to prevent damages to walls, floors, roofing and more. Signs for rodent infestation include, feces around the infested area, but also near places where food is usually stored.
Rodents such as mice can make holes and enter walls. Rats and mice are not fussy eaters and can be very destructive. They get comfortable and start causing serious damage to parts of the house and attic. They contaminate food. Apart from spreading unpleasant odors, and can cause health problems.
Most of the damage is done at night when we are away and the lights are off. Here are different ways to prevent the damage caused by rodents.
- Keep all food items in sealed containers
- Throw away food items if you suspect it may have had contact with rodents
- If you suspect that your house is infested with rodents, wash cookware and cutlery in warm water with soap before use
- Do not come in contact with areas where rodents could have been active
- Always wear closed shoes
Rodents can be trapped. However, it is important to identify the type of rodent and use a proper trap. Use several traps at once. But, set the traps away from food preparation areas. Place peanuts, peanut butter, bread or fresh fruits inside the trap. Keep a regular check on the trap and clear it if any rodent is caught. Clean the surface with a disinfectant to sanitize any potential parasites.
Do not forget to wash your hands with warm water and soap when you finish the job.