As summer winds down and fall comes into sight, rodents, particularly mice, become more active in seeking new sources of food, water, and shelter. Why is there a rodent surge this time of year?
California’s dry, hot summer has depleted naturally occurring food and water sources, and this causes rodents to explore their surroundings more aggressively in search of these necessities. And like humans, rodents also look for relief from the elements (i.e., the heat), and they associate cooler locations with water sources.
The house mouse is a curious creature. It will readily explore your home using wall voids, utility pipes and wires, and heating and cooling ductwork to move around in search of its next meal. As the statistic mentioned earlier indicates, wall and cabinet voids near kitchen appliances (e.g., refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves) and the pantry are common nesting sites for mice.
And mice are patient invaders that will wait for just the right opportunity – a door left propped open, a box of off-season clothes brought in from a storage area in which they can stow a ride, an open bag of pet food or a dime-sized opening in the foundation or door frame – to enter your home.
How do you know if you have a rodent problem? Some common signs of a possible rodent infestation include the following:
In addition to the kitchen, what areas of your home are most vulnerable to attracting an unwanted rodent infestation? The Clark Man has identified the following rodent hot spots in homes:
Remember, if you think you might have a rodent problem in your home, call or text (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or drop me an email at email@example.com.
Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.