In the fall of the year here in the northern hemisphere you don’t see so many insects. Except for the fruit flies, spiders, and roaches. As the weather grows colder the insect numbers get smaller and smaller. But that doesn’t mean you can forget about all your pest worries. That onset of colder outdoor temperatures is the opening for the season of the mice and rats.
Those rodents are ready to move into your home, and set up there own housekeeping.
And why not? You make it a nice warm place to live, and you drop food for them everywhere. Crumbs that fall as you bite into that next mouthful land in the carpet, and around the tile floors. Those little four legged pests really enjoy not having to go foraging in the freezing temperatures to find something to eat.
So they find any little hole in your foundation or wall, and crawl inside – out of the weather. Then they start building their nests to live nice and cozy until spring comes around again so they can move back out into their burrows.
Rodents bring a whole new set of concerns for you as they invade your living quarters. They carry a variety of diseases to threaten your family – not to mention the housekeeping nightmares they give you.
You’ll find these pests like to stay mostly out of reach. And they’re quick. When you get a big family of them living with you you’ll see movement sometimes out of the corner of your eye as they scurry about searching for the food scraps you leave them.
Mostly they stay close to the walls, preferring to run along the baseboards where they can duck fast behind a cabinet, appliance, or piece of furniture.
But when their family gets big enough that they crowd each other, and push family members into the open spaces of your home, you start seeing them running around the center of the room.
You can’t hardly miss them when they’re running around out there between you and the television, can you?
Usually the first sign that lets you know you have house guests is what we call their “little calling cards.” That’s the feces pellets they leave behind as they run around. And you won’t know for sure that you have rodents until you examine those pellets closely. (Clue #2 is when you hear those tiny little feet scampering around the home – and you know it ain’t the kids.)
Rodent pellets and cockroach droppings look a lot alike. You can tell the difference though when you take a good look at them.
Roach droppings are rounded on the ends. That’s because cockroaches don’t have sphincter muscles. They don’t squeeze their poop out. Our little furry four-footed “friends” do have sphincter muscles so their droppings are pointed on the ends.
Figure out which critter you have running around, and learn how to treat for that pest.
A rodent infestation isn’t easy to eliminate. They have babies so fast that you must constantly check your pest control applications.
I once visited a small grocery and found one glue board with a family of mice trapped on it. The momma somehow got all the way from one end of the board to the other before she stuck, And in a line right behind her were her five younguns with no place to go once the glue got hold of them.
That was a pretty rare incident though. Most often you catch them one or two at a time.
Pest control treatment techniques for mice and rats involves the use of a variety of tools. Those include glue boards, mechanical traps, and baits. These tools aren’t necessarily all needed every time you have rodents. It mainly depends on how large the population is. Learn which are most appropriate for your situation, and where best to place each type of rodent treatment tool, and you’ll get control of this pest problem fairly quick.