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7 Things You Might Not Know Attract Rats and Mice

Rats and mice are more than just a nuisance. They can chew away irreplaceable heirlooms, nibble on food packets, contaminate food/water sources, cause costly damages, and spread diseases.

But, rats and mice do not raid just any building.

Here are the top seven things you didn’t know attracts rats and mice:

1. Vegetation

Tall weeds, bushes, piles of windblown leaves, and other debris around the foundation of your home can attract rats and mice or mask their activities.

Before you know, mice may succeed at digging burrows near or under the foundation of your home.

Remember that plants, grass, weeds, etc. do not feature in rodents’ list of favorite foods but they do provide a good place to hide.

If you are yet to rodent-proof your house, chances of a rat infestation may increase manifold once rodents start roaming around in your garden.

So, it is a good idea to clear your yard, flower beds, etc. as soon as you notice some debris piling up. Trim down overgrown bushes, plants, etc.

2. Garbage

In many neighborhoods, poorly managed garbage cans serve as magnets for rats and mice looking for food.

Leaving food scraps, fruits, seeds, etc. in unsecured trash bags or bins is much like setting the table for rats and mice.

Be sure to always keep garbage in containers with tight lids, both inside and outside your home.

3. Clutter

Mice love to nest and burrow in hidden places around your home. Roof rats can easily hide in and make nests out of clutter in attics.

Both rats and mice actively seek out cluttered spaces. Any space that offers warmth and is hidden from the plain sight fits the bill.

Be sure to keep your attic, garage, basement, and small storage spaces clutter-free. Cardboard boxes, file folders, spare pipes, etc. can provide abundant nesting opportunities to rats and mice, looking to make your home their own.

4. Previous Odors

Did you know that odors from a previous rodent infestation can prove appealing to rats and mice searching for food, water, and shelter?

The best way to get rid of odors from a previous rat or mice infestation is to engage rodent control teams with hands-on experience in such cleanups.

Certified rodent control specialists also make sure that any hazardous waste associated with rats or mice is handled and eliminated safely.

Remember that rodent droppings and urine can have harmful bacteria and viruses that are known to cause serious and even deadly illnesses.

Over the last few years, several cases of Hantavirus have been detected in California.

5. Food Debris

You might like to think your kitchen is quite clean.

But, if don’t clean up spilled sugar, oats, rice, grains, etc. properly and quickly, it can serve as a ‘welcome’ sign for hungry mice exploring your property.

When rats or mice first invade a house, they often nibble on wet food in the kitchen sink, pet food, anything edible they can find in your trash cans.

Keep in mind that accessing different areas in most kitchens is quite easy for rats and mice.

Mice, for instance, can climb up smooth, vertical walls up to 13 inches in height. They can jump as high as one foot.

6. Stored Food Items

No, rats or mice can’t get into your fridge.

But, they sure can find other places where you store food.

So, be sure to store food in airtight containers.

Instead of using cardboard boxes for storage, invest in durable containers that rats or mice can’t chew on.

You can, for instance, consider buying airtight containers made of thick plastic, glass, or metal.

Keep in mind that consuming food items or water contaminated by rats or mice may have serious health implications, especially if rodents were carrying disease-causing bacteria or viruses.

7. An Idle Car that Sits Undisturbed For Months

Rats or mice like to explore areas that aren’t frequented by humans.

An old car that sits undisturbed inside or outside your garage is no exception.

When rats or mice start exploring an idle car, they are looking for food, water, and a safe place to nest in or hide.

They can chew away the upholstery, wiring, and insulation.

Getting the smell out can be difficult if one of them ends up dead in the car.

Final Words

As rats and mice come out of hiding due to the unavailability of urban trash, it is important that you take preventive measures to keep these nasty creatures out.

With professional rodent proofing solutions, we are here to help you preempt a rodent infestation.

Call (818) 583-7287 for rodent control and cleanup in Los Angeles.

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA

    September 4, 2020

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA

    September 4, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA

    September 4, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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