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We all work diligently day in and day out to ensure we have rodent free homes. With the exception of those rats or mice that were born indoors, all rodent infestations in homes or businesses started from the outside and worked their way in. We’ve discussed in previous posts how to avoid infestations within the home business, today Always Ready Pest Control will discuss how to avoid rodent infestations outside your home, warehouse or business.

Think like a Rodent

Rodents are prey animals and therefore will not often be found in open, clear areas. They know that their survival depends on their ability to stay hidden. They thrive in covered, cluttered areas where they can safely hide from predators. Finding a suitable living space and a steady food and water source are the only things a rodent need to survive and breed. The way we maintain our yards or other outdoor spaces, as well as the manner we store things has a huge impact on whether we are creating a hospitable environment for rodents. Most rats and mice are social creatures and where you find one, you are likely to find more. Here are some tips to make your outdoor space less hospitable to rodents alike.

Repelling Rats & Mice from Garden

An overgrown bush is the perfect hiding spot for a rodent to take cover under. Certain types of rodents eat vegetation which would also offer an ample food source. By keeping trees, bushes, flowers, grass and weeds cut back and away from the perimeter of the building, you limit hiding spaces to these unwelcome intruders. Rats and mice are good climbers and will use trees close to the home as a way onto your roof or into your attic. Fallen piles of leaves should be regularly picked up to eliminate hiding spaces as well.

Garbage Can Placement; Keep Trash Away from Building

Everyone knows rats love to dumpster dive. It’s like a free buffet for these guys. Store trash cans and dumpsters at least 15 feet away from your building and ensure they have lids that lock tightly to limit smells that attract rodents and eliminates their ability to access the trash itself.

Rodent Proof Containers

This goes back to the part we discussed earlier in our post about rodents being prey mammals and needing cover to survive. Storage boxes, old vehicles, construction equipment, tools or other cluttered items are all prime living spaces for rodents. By having these items out or on the ground, you are actually attracting rodents to your property. Keep vehicles away from the building and other items stored off the ground and at least 18 inches away from your home or businesses structure. This will allow for clear inspections and deter them from making their way into your home.

Limit Rodent Food, Water & Nesting Sources

Bird baths, dog bowls, trash, bird seed and leaky hoses attract rodents and let them know there’s a party by your home or business. Keep the areas around trash cans or dumpsters clean and occasionally sprayed down, keep trash around the building regularly picked up, don’t leave water sources out and available to rodents, keep pet food tightly locked up in airtight containers, and keep bird seed to a minimum to eliminate food sources.

Rodent Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

Always Ready Pest Control offers the most successful rodent extermination and trapping methods available to you, we have proudly served the five Burroughs here in New York since 2004! We pride ourselves on our quality work and quick response time, if you need assistance pet proofing your home, call our office today!

There are some insects and rodents that get talked about more than others. The more frequently that people talk about a certain topic the more likely incorrect information is likely to be shared. Think about the telephone game you played when you were younger. You know the one where you all sit in a circle and the first person whispers a sentence to the person sitting next to them, then everyone whispers what they think they heard to the person next to them. Often by the time the message gets to the end it does not resemble the original sentence at all! That is how information about insects and rodents seems to spread. After hundreds of years of people talking about insects and rodents the statements that so many of us share as fact are actually just myths. Always Ready Pest Control wants to help break some of the myths about mice that are floating around there.

Do Mice Like to Eat Cheese?

This is one of the most common myths shared about mice. It is easy to see why this one is so widely believed though. If you leave a piece of cheese out as bait for mice they will indeed it. Mice are foragers. They will eat almost anything that they can get their tiny feet on. They are known to eat other mice if food is extremely hard to find. Yuck! If you leave a piece of cheese out for a mouse they will eat it. They would also eat many other carbohydrates, fats, and proteins though.

Do Cats Get Rid of Mice

For years it has been accepted as fact that cats will get rid of any mice problem that you may have at your house. Cats are hunters to they will catch mice if they find them but there are several reasons that you should not try this method of rodent control. The first reason that this method is not recommended is that mice can transmit diseases, parasites, and toxins to the cat and make you cat sick. A sick cat is not going to be an effective mouse hunter. The second reason is that very rarely do you only have one mouse in your house. Mice have a very fast reproductive cycle and will multiply quickly. Many times cats just cannot keep up with the amount of mice in the house.

Do Mice Live Alone?

The myth above leads us to the myth that mice like to live alone. Cartoons and movies will frequently show just one little mouse living alone in their cute little house. In reality thought mice live in groups. As stated above, they have a very fast reproductive cycle. Female mice give birth to up to 10 litters a year. Each litter will have 6 to 8 mice on average. Chances are if you see one mouse they are definitely more in your house that you have just not seen yet.

Do Mice Only Squeak

If you were to ask just about anyone what kind of sound mice make they would tell you that they squeak. This is indeed a true statement. But most people do not know that they can actually sing as well. When male mice want to impress the female mice they sing to them. Male mice even have the ability to harmonize as they sing to the female mice.

Rodent Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

We hope that you learned something new about mice today. If you find yourself with mice at your house give Always Ready Pest Control a call today. Mice can be tricky rodents to get rid of once they have found their way into your home. One of your technicians can come out and help you devise a plan to make your house mouse free again. Contact us today!

There isn’t any pests that people want to have in their house but there are a few that might make you consider moving. The great thing is that these pests can be treated and removed from your house letting you stay a while longer. The pest that is one of the worst for many reasons happens to be mice. They are just a scary little critter to see running through your home. There are lots of reasons that many people want to keep them out of their house. One is that they are known for spreading disease and germs that can affect your family. These can be illnesses that will require the help of a doctor. They also cause damage in your house. They can and will chew through the insulation as well as wires in your home that can cause a fire hazard. You also want to be able to sleep well at night and having a mouse scratching and scurrying through the house at night might make that difficult. If you want to keep mice out of your house you need to know what to look for.

Always Ready Pest Control Lists Signs of Mice in Your House or Apartment

Found Mouse Droppings: If you think you might have mice in your house you can start looking for signs. The best thing to do is to actually call out a professional to do a full inspection. If you want to do some of the investigation you can start by looking for droppings. There are a few places that you can check. The first is to look around the edges of the home and the areas you believe a mouse can fit. They are not shy about leaving their droppings so they can be just about anywhere. They are cautious so the droppings are more than likely along the sides of a room or window seal or doorway. These are areas that they use to pass from one room to the next. If you see small elongated brown pellets they are likely left by a mouse. Be sure you are careful if you clean them up. You want to cover your mouth and nose and use gloves if possible. The droppings can be carrying disease so it is best to be careful.
Mouse Teeth Marks: The next thing you can do is look for areas that the mice might be getting into. They are looking for food to eat and that means they are chewing through packaging and more to get access to it. They are able to chew through plastic and cardboard to get to the food that you have stored. If you see areas that are being chewed you want to make sure that you call out a professional right away. This is a major sign that they are in the house and that they are contaminating your food.
Mouse Smell: You can also use your nose to find signs that there are mice in your house. The mice droppings as well as their urine will leave a very musty smell throughout the house. If you start to smell this type of odor you need to call out a professional to come and take care of the infestation.

Rodent Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

Always Ready Pest Control can come to your home and inspect for mice. Our experts are also able to treat and eliminate the infestation as well.