Rodents – Three Things They Love About Your House
Mickey Mouse sure can be cute and cuddly when visiting with him at Disney World. But in the real world, mice aren’t all that fun to be around. In addition to the considerable amount of diseases that they carry, they can be quite destructive. Every year, hundreds of car owners make their way to service shops due to engine wire damage caused by rodents. Sadly, car engines can make for perfect nesting space. Rodents often like the insulating fabric in the car engine and use it as bedding for nests. The engine also comes with several nooks and crannies that function as safe sanctuaries for baby rodents.
So aside from finding a safe haven in the engine compartment of your car, what is it that rodents love about your home? And why do they keep coming back?
Your Home Provides Warmth, Food, and Water for Rodents
If you see a trail of droppings, especially in your garage, basement, or kitchen, it is probably a sign that you have mice or rats in your home. So, before developing a strategy to rid yourself of these unwanted rodents, be sure to understand what it is that is attracting them to your home in the first place – trust us, it isn’t because you provide a clean and sanitary environment, or because you serve sandwiches for dinner every Thursday night (well, the latter could be partially true).
- Rodent, like humans, need food to thrive and survive. And, you have plenty of it in your home. Those sandwich crumbs, morsels of cheese, etc., all make for perfect delicacies for those pesky rodents. Whether you wipe those crumbs from the table to the floor and don’t promptly sweep them up, or you leave food out on the counters, or you put non-perishable items into the back of your dark cupboards without adequately sealing the packages, mice and rats will be able to sniff out the location of these items quickly. To lessen your risks of inviting mice into your homes and making your kitchen their feeding ground, ensure that you are properly cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, especially those where food is prepared, served, and consumed. And, regularly sweep or vacuum your floors, making sure to get into all of the various nooks and crannies.
- Rodents also like warmth, and thus why the engine compartment of your vehicle is so lucrative. If you live in a northern climate, you will be more likely to experience visits from rats and mice when the temperatures start to drop. Rodents don’t care for the colder climates and are often looking for a warm place to hole up and hibernate until the warm weather returns. Because of this, they are also seeking a place where they will feel safe and less likely to be eaten by predators. As most homes are climate-controlled, it makes housing a perfect solution. Rats and mice are very agile and can get their bodies through even the tiniest of holes and cracks. And it is likely that you will never notice them coming and going, and will simply see evidence that they were there. This is why it is highly recommended to have a professional rodent control company conduct periodic inspections of your home so that you can properly seal areas that might serve as entry and exit points for these critters.
- Also like humans, rodents need water to survive. And for rodents, they’ll drink water from any source. This can mean accessing water dishes that you have set out for your pets, drips in leaky tubs and faucets, and moisture that can collect in your basement. Rodents will seek out water leaks in basements and under crawl spaces, and anywhere that they can find a predictable and reliable source of water. They will also drink water that drips from outdoor spigots that often drip, especially when powering sprinklers and hoses. Some rodents can climb, so know too that if your eaves or gutters are clogged with leaves which can result in standing water, that will attract rodents, too. These water sources can attract far more than rats and mice too. Raccoons and possums can often be found catching a sip of water or two, especially in easily accessible outdoor spaces (these larger rodents are less likely to make their way into your home, but can cause plenty of damage outside).
If you have found evidence of rodents in your home, do not delay in reaching out for help. Rats, mice, and other rodents can cause serious structural damage to homes, apartments, offices, and pretty much any type of building. These rodents gnaw, nest, and defecate in the areas that they infiltrate, and this poses significant health risks for people that frequent those same areas.
RodentsStop.com, is an independent and family-owned business, serving the Los Angeles greater metropolitan area. Our specialties include rodent control, pest prevention, rodent expulsion and clean up, attic sanitation, and attic decontamination. Our team is ready to serve in order to help you solve your rodent issue, for good. Contact us at 818-583-7287, or by visiting our website at https://www.rodentsstop.com/.
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Paul K.Los Angeles, CA
June 20, 2019
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
June 20, 2019
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
June 20, 2019
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
June 20, 2019
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
June 20, 2019
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
June 20, 2019
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
June 20, 2019
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
June 20, 2019
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!