In its latest findings, the Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey states that it has found evidence and traces of rats’ presence in almost 11% of American households in the past year itself. It is quite common in US households to face rodent infestation problems. If it is not handled correctly, it can lead to an expensive ordeal with a situation where you expose your house, family, and yourself to property damage and health risk.
But, did you know, if you are facing a rodent problem, one way or the other, it is you who should be blamed? As odd as it may sound, your activities and the environment you create around your house encourage a rodent infestation. Let us take a look at them:
The most common reason a rat or the rodent family considers your home to be a hospitable environment is because of the similarity in the sanitary situation between your house and his.
As funny as it sounds, poor sanitization is one of the most common reasons why houses in the US have rodent problems. Things like a flawed garbage disposal system, a house space filled with bits of garbage, a kitchen with leftover food, a washbasin with used utensils, a garden with a bird feeder, a lawn with fallen fruits, etc. are some of the common reasons for rodent problems.
These conditions provide the rodents with ample food and water and almost act as their alternate source, giving them a reason to consider your house as a suitable place to build their nest, thus encouraging them to ‘move-in.’
Cluttered Up House Space
Most houses ignore cleanliness and have cluttered up rooms. Areas like the attic and garage are where most people dump their excess belongings. These cluttered up spaces offer enough hiding spots for the rodents to build their nests.
Providing Alternative Food & Water Source
Rodents mostly look for food and water sources in your house. If they find one in your home, they will most likely build their nest in and around your house to easily meet their needs.
To discourage such visits, you must ensure a proper garbage disposal system. Being a scavenger, they love to go through your garbage to look for leftover food items. You can also invest in a good closed-lid garbage disposal can to prevent such activities.
If you have a lawn or a garden, you might have to remove fallen fruits from the garden fruits as it might be something that attracts the rodent population. Things like uncovered dishes, leftover food on the plates left in the kitchen sink, tap leak, etc., act as a rodent magnet as they are an excellent food and water source for these furry beasts.
Alternate Shelter Options
Rats and mice are always on the lookout for better shelter opportunities. They look for places that can keep them and their family safe from predators, keep them warm in cold temperatures, and provide them enough food and water. Their ability to squeeze through tiny spaces and their skill of digging burrows and holes help them in this search.
This also means that the small holes in your house, leaks, and cracks on the floor are more than enough to provide them access to your home. To prevent that, you are always suggested to repair such cracks to prevent such instructions. Outside your house, things like leaf piles, mulch, and debris too can be an excellent shelter option for them. They offer a safe space to make their nesting place. This is why it is essential to clean your garden regularly and look for burrows and holes on the garden floor, as they are often the hiding spots of rodents and a sign of an active infestation.
Hiding Spots With Warm Temperature Points
Rodents prefer warmer temperatures. This means that a drop in temperature or change in season can make a rat look for shelter options that provide them with warmth. As your home provides them with ample warmth and your kitchen or garden can act as their food and water source. This is why during the winter season, the rodent infestations get much more severe as the rats are looking for warmer options to build their nest.
Rodents have been a problem to human civilization since time immemorial. But with proper control measures, people have always been able to control the infestation by using traps, natural remedies, and sprays. Keep an eye out on our blog space to learn about such nature-based control measures that prevent rodent infestations while keeping your family safe.