It seems hard to believe, but according to data from the National Pest Management Association, more than 29 percent of all Americans have experienced some kind of rodent infestation in their homes at some point in the past.
Far from being a rare occurrence, rodents invade more than 21 million US homes every year.
Where Are The Getting In?
Where rodents set up their homes in our homes tells us a lot about what attracts them. About 24 percent of all rodent infestations are in the attic. Rodents are drawn to the warm environment and the ample bedding material provided by insulating foam. They also love the fact that they can live indoors, out of sight of patrolling birds of prey and cats. Attics are a great place to raise their young.
Another 25 percent of rodent infestations happen in the living room. But by far the most common area to find rodents is the kitchen, accounting for more than 50 percent of reported cases.
Rodent infestations can get out of control very quickly. A mature female mouse can give birth to a little of twelve young every three weeks or so. With enough food, mice can continue to multiply until they exhaust whatever it is that they’re feeding on, necessitating chem-free natural pest control.
As a proud homeowner, you probably want to know what you can do to prevent rodents from multiplying uncontrollably in your home. Let’s take a look.
Clean Up All The Crumbs In Your Pantry
Our homes are a magnet for opportunistic animals, thanks to the sheer number of calories on offer in our pantries. Our cupboards are chock full of high energy-density treats, like cereals and snack food which rodents love.
The best way to prevent food from attracting rodents is to ensure that you sweep up crumbs from your pantry floor and ensure that all food is tightly sealed away in packets. Rodents can chew through containers with ease, so if you notice bits of cardboard chewed out of your cereal packet, transfer food to glass jars.
Block Entry Points
Why are so many rodents in people’s attics? There’s no food there, so it doesn’t seem to make sense until you consider the fact that the attic is the part of the house most likely to have entry points.
If you notice that rodents keep coming back into your house, it pays to tidy up your attic and then scout the rafters for any potential points of entry. Once you find them, block them off with durable materials.
Eliminate Standing Water
Pests, including rodents, love standing water. Like us, they need to drink too. Water in the shower cubicle or a sink could be all that a rodent needs to sustain a family and cause a full-blown problem for you and your family.
Vacuum Your Carpets Regularly
Finally, vacuuming your carpets regularly helps to suck up any food particles which might have found their way onto your floor that rodents could feed upon. Concentrate your efforts in both the kitchen and living area.