There are many different types of pests that can make their home in your home. You may not even notice that they are there, or you may never even see a pest, but the signs are there if you know what to look for. Mice, for instance, will leave many droppings behind and will use many different materials to make a nest with. You may notice that your favorite sweater has a big hole in it or that blanket that you stashed away is now a home for tiny critters. If you have pests, you need to get rid of them right away and call up Moxie Pest Control. Pests can also cause significant structural damage to your home, as well.
You could set traps around your home and put out poison, but if you have pets or small children, it can be dangerous to have poison around your home. Traps are effective, but do not typically get rid of all of your pests. They’ll reduce the number of pests that you are seeing, but they are more of a band-aid solution. If you are seeing rodents or pests during the day, you are finding marks left by gnawing rodents, or you find fresh droppings, it is likely that you have a big problem on your hands.
You can tell if droppings are fresh because they’ll be dark and moist. Older droppings tend to be hard and gray on color. You may also find nests or smell a foul odor in your home. Sometimes rodents will get into your ductwork and die and your entire home will smell foul. You want to take care of the problem before that happens. A cat can be a great deterrent for mice, but if you are allergic to cats, that may not be an option for you. It also will not eliminate the problem entirely.
If you take a flashlight and shine it at an angle toward certain areas of your home, you may be able to spot urine stains, smudge marks, footprints, or droppings left behind by rodents. They are also known as “trails” because if you leave a light dusting of flour or baby powder on the floor, you will most likely see trails of footprints left behind by your unwanted guests. This can help you to locate nest and hideouts.
Nests are basically shredded up paper, fabric, dried plant bits, and any and everything else that a rodent can use as its nesting material. You may even find parts of your favorite sweater there. You can use different methods to catch rodents, but if the thought of disposing of dead and foul-smelling rodents does not sound appealing or if you don’t want to have to worry about your pets or children getting poisoned, it is best to have the professionals come in. The best way to take care of a rodent problem is to call up the professionals. They are trained and know exactly what to do. They will also be able to take care of the problem for good.
You will also see evidence in your backyard. Mice are attracted to garbage, so if you have a compost that is not sealed up tightly you could be attracting critters. You do not want to keep your compost near your home either because that is basically just inviting them in. Keep your compost away from your home and covered tightly.
Mice will chew through pretty much anything and could potentially ruin your home. They also carry many different types of diseases that can make you and your family very sick. If they chew through your wiring, they could cause a house fire and if they chew through structural beams that could be causing your home to become unstable. They can even cause damage to your insulation and undermine retaining walls, hillsides, and anything else that gets in the way of their burrowing. They can even drive you mad with their constant scratching and thumping in your walls and ceilings. If you have mice in your home, nothing is safe. Their droppings have even been shown to potentially cause asthma attacks and they will contaminate your food and can cause you to get very sick. They will cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. So the best bet is to call in someone who knows the trick of the pest control trade and get it done right.