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How to Keep Rodents Away From Your Home Without Using Poison

How to keep rodents away from your home

In this post, we list ways you can help keep mice and rats away from your home.

No one likes to have a mouse in the house. Even worse is if you have a rat on your property.

Rodents outdoors are one thing, but if they find a way into your home, that can be a problem.

The dangers of mice include the diseases they carry, the urine and droppings they leave everywhere they go, and chewing wires that may cause electrical fires, and many other health and safety issues.

If you can help keep them away from your property, it will make it less likely they will find their way into your home.

Continue reading for tips to help keep mice, rats, and rodents away from your home.

 

How to keep rodents away

  • Mice in House May Carry DiseaseDon’t leave your garage door open.
  • Don’t store pet for bird food in the garage.
  • Don’t leave pet food in bowls outdoors.
  • Keep your garbage in cans with secure lids.
  • Stack firewood far away from your home.
  • Remove trash piles, wood or leaf, and brush piles.
  • Don’t have landscaping too close to your home.
  • Clean up spilled pet food or bird food.
  • Pick up pet droppings in your yard.
  • Remove water sources on your property.
  • Inspect your home exterior and patch holes.
  • Keep food in containers and sweep up spilled food.
  • Keep your home clean. Piles are attractive homes to rodents.
  • Pick fruits and vegetables from your garden as soon as they are ripe.

We do NOT recommend using poisons to keep mice and rats away from your home. Using poisons often creates other unintended problems, and can often kill other animals you didn’t intend to kill.

Related: Reasons you should use rat and mice poisons

 

What attracts mice and rodents?

The things that attract mice to your property or home are the things they need to survive: food, water, and shelter. 

By working to minimize their access to what they need to survive, you’ll give them fewer reasons to try and move in.

 

Remove food sources

Try to remove food sources for rodents.

  • House Mice carry disease

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    Pet food

  • Bird food
  • Unsecured garbage cans
  • Dog droppings not cleaned up
  • Food scraps and crumbs in kitchens
  • Easy access to food on counters
  • Seal your air conditioner lines
  • Fruit and vegetables rotting in garden or yard

Keeping your home and property clean and free from easily accessible food sources is the biggest thing you can do to keep mice and rats away.

A lot of their food sources come from places you might not suspect are a big problem. Keeping your kitchen clean and securing your garbage cans should be obvious, even if we can’t always clean up.

You might not realize though that leaving out pet food, especially outside can attract rodents. Letting fruit or vegetables rot in your garden or yard can attract many pests, not just rodents but also raccoons and skunks. You may not realize that rats enjoy feasting on dog droppings. This can actually be a major source of food for them.

Related: Protect your home from animals in winter

 

Don’t give them shelter to build nests

Keeping your home, garage, shed, and yard clutter-free will take away places for rodents to hide and nest.

  • Diseases in House MiceClean up piles of clothing, newspapers, scrap wood, and clutter in your home, attic, and basement.
  • Keep your lawn mowed.
  • Remove wood piles, stacks of brush and leaves if possible.
  • Keep wood piles a few inches off the ground and away from your foundation.
  • Don’t plant dense landscaping near your foundation.

 

Close rodent entry points to your home

To help keep mice out of your home, make sure you close all the common entry points where they are likely to enter. A mouse can fit through a very tiny opening, so all small holes must be filled.

  • common animal entry points in homeInspect your roof and siding for possible access points.
  • Inspect crawl spaces under the house.
  • Patch all holes with steel wool, copper mesh, or hardware cloth and then fill them with a patching compound. This will discourage rats from chewing a hole in the same location.
  • Caulk around pipes and wiring where these materials enter the home.
  • Make sure your dryer vent has a screen to stop rodents from entering through there.

Related: How do animals get into your home?

 

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Related sources to keep rodents away:

7 Poison-Free Ways to Rodent-Proof Your Home – The Spruce
How to Keep Rats Away – WikiHow

Are House Mice Dangerous to People

How Dangerous Are Mice to People and Homes?

In this post, we review the dangers of mice and the reasons you don’t want them in your home.

It’s pretty much a given that we don’t want mice in our homes. I’ve never met someone who had mice in there home that didn’t want to get rid of them.

But are mice dangerous? How can such a tiny little rodent hurt people?


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Are mice dangerous to humans?

House Mice Carry Diseases

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A mouse isn’t dangerous to a human the same way that a predator, a grizzly bear is, or poisonous like a black widow spider. A mouse won’t attack and kill you.

 

They will, however, bring diseases into your home, create an unhealthy environment create threats that can be dangerous.

Mice can be dangerous because they can bring diseases into your home, they bring unsanitary conditions into your home that can cause illness, they can chew on wires and start fires, and they can even cause problems with allergies.

 

Dangers of mice

  • Carry diseases such as Hantavirus, Salmonella, Leptospirosis and even the Plague.
  • Mice have no bladder control and will leave a trail of urine wherever they travel.
  • Will create 50-75 droppings each day.
  • Can contaminate foods and food preparation areas with urine, droppings, and hair.
  • Cause structural damage through gnawing and nest-building.
  • Mice can chew wires and cause electrical fires.
  • A single female can produce a litter of six babies up to ten times a year.
  • Can damage electronics and machinery by chewing wires.
  • Mice droppings may cause allergy issues.
  • Mice can carry fleas, lice, mites, and ticks.

 

Diseases carried by mice

House mice can carry many diseases and transmit them to both humans and pets through their droppings and by contaminating food.

Related post: Diseases in House Mice

Dangers of mouse droppings

Mice in House May Carry DiseaseMice can transmit diseases through their droppings and urine. Because they have no bladder control, they will leave a trail of urine and feces wherever they travel. If these droppings end up in food or food preparation areas, they can cause sickness and disease.

Contaminating food

Mice are naturally drawn to areas where they can get crumbs and food. This will bring them into your kitchen, cupboards, and pantry in search of things to eat. As they search for food, their droppings will contaminate everything they come into contact with.

Related: Differences between rats and mice

Damages by nest building

Mice can chew through insulation, wallboards, cardboard, and even wood. To make a nest they may rip up newspapers, clothing or fabric. Besides destroying items in your home, they will spread their disease filled droppings in all these areas.

Chewing electrical wires

Mice, much like squirrels, will chew electrical wires because their teeth constantly grow and need to be gnawed down. It’s estimated that rodents chewing wires cause almost 10% of home electrical fires.

Related: Squirrels causing electrical fires is a serious issue

Reproduce quickly

Mouse ReproductionA single female mouse can produce as many of 10 litters in a year of up to 6 young. These 60 offspring can mate and reproduce in as little as six weeks. A mouse infestation in the home can escalate quickly.

Allergies

Many people are allergic to mouse droppings. If left for long enough in the home, mouse droppings can become airborne in the home and cause allergy issues.

Related: Reducing the risk of mice and rats in your home

Biting insects

When mice enter your home, they can bring fleas, lice, mites, and ticks with them. These biting insects can cause issues for both you and your pets.

 

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Diseases in House Mice

Diseases in House Mice

Have you seen mice in your house? These rodents are common animal invaders to homes during the fall when the weather starts getting cold.

Once mice are in the house, you have to get rid of them. Nobody wants an uninvited guest in the house that poops everywhere!

That’s a good enough reason to get rid of mice in the house. But are there others?

Related: How to Keep Mice and Rats Away From Your Home

 

Mice in House May Carry DiseaseDo mice in the house carry disease?

Yes, house mice can carry diseases. They can transmit diseases to humans and pets through droppings, bites, fleas, lice, mites, and ticks.

What diseases do mice carry?

  • Salmonella
  • Hantavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rat-bite fever
  • The plague

Mice Disease Symptoms

SalmonellaSalmonella

Salmonella symptoms include gastrointestinal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Salmonella is most commonly spread through with mice droppings that have come in contact with food or water.

Hantavirus

Earliest symptoms of the hantavirus include chills, muscle aches, and fever. Advanced symptoms of hantavirus include a dry cough, headache, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.  Hantavirus is spread by breathing dust contaminated by the droppings or urine of an infected mouse.

Related: How to tell what kind of animal is in attic

Leptospirosis

House Mice carry disease

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Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is spread through mouse urine. Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, head and muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice (yellowing of skin color).

Related: Leprostoisis disease spread by rodents

Rat bite fever

This disease is spread by the bite of a mouse or a rat. Rat bite fever can also be spread through the handling of an infected mouse or through food or water that has come in contact with a diseased mouse. The symptoms include fever, body aches, vomiting and a red rash with small bumps.

Related: Reasons why you shouldn’t use rat and mouse poison

The Plague

Nobody wants any of these, but if you end up with the plague, people are going to wonder if you’re some kind of holdout from medieval times. Symptoms depend on which type of the plague is contracted: bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.

Early symptoms for any type of the plague are high fevers and extreme weakness. Bubonic plague symptoms also include swollen and painful lymph nodes. Septicemic plague symptoms include abdominal pain, shock, and bleeding into the skin and other organs. Pneumonic plague is characterized by respiratory failure and shock. It can be spread through handling an infected mouse or from flea bites from an infected mouse. Once contracted by a human, it can be spread from human to human.

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Animals That Enter Your Home During the Fall

Animals that enter homes in fall

When summer ends and the temperatures start to go down during the fall months, animals start to prepare for winter.

One of their favorite ways to get ready for winter is to find a nice warm and dry place to stay for those cold months.

Your home is the perfect place for a winter vacation!

Fall is the most likely time of year where you may end up with an animal trying to take up residence in your attic or home.

Attic restorationWhat animals enter your home in the fall?

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Bats

The rodent trio of mice, squirrels, and rats account for the majority of animal invaders to the home during fall and winter. They can all be problems at any time of year but they are especially prone to enter the home in the fall.

Mice and rats look for warm places to feed and breed when cold weather hits. Squirrels and raccoons do not breed in the fall but they sure do love a warm spot for an extended rest. Neither squirrels or raccoons hibernate but they are much less active. Bats may enter your attic in winter and hibernate until early spring.

Related: How to tell what kind of animal is in attic

You don’t want any of these animals in your home or attic. Squirrels cause hundreds of fires every year by chewing on wires. Raccoons will make a mess and leave behind disease-ridden feces.

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ

How do animals enter the home?

How animals get into your homeAnimals will enter your home in the fall if you give them the opportunity.

Inspect the exterior of your home using this Guide to Common Animal Entry Points

You should inspect the exterior of your home every year to make sure there are no openings for them to enter. The harsh summer rain, humidity, and heat can create just the tiny opening they need to get inside.

The harsh summer rain, humidity, and heat can create just the tiny opening they need to get inside.

Related: How Do Animals Get Into Your Home?

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How Do Animals Get Into Your Home?

How animals get into your home

As more and more animals learn to adapt to living near humans and our suburban landscapes and gardens support more wildlife, your home starts to become more of a potential target for animal invaders.

Many of us don’t mind having animals nearby and sharing our environment with them. None of us want them in our homes though. Wild animals need to be left wild, not allowed to move into our homes.

It does happen though. Bats and raccoons will move into your attic, skunks, and raccoons can move under your deck or shed, and mice can move into your basement or walls.

Beware of raccoon feces in attic

Animals in your home can create all kinds of problems, from squirrels chewing electrical wires to raccoons and bats leaving behind disease ridden feces. You can also expose you and your pets to rabies and other hazards.

Getting an animal out of your home can be done, but it is challenging, stressful and an unwanted expense. Cleaning up after an animal in your attic can be hazardous.

Your best option is to keep them out of your home in the first place.

 

Where animals enter home

  • Soffits
  • Chimneys
  • Attic exhaust opening
  • Attic & soffit vents
  • Pet doors
  • Window wells
  • Basement or foundation
  • Decks & porches
  • Roof corners
  • Roof and shingles
  • Overhanging trees
  • Holes around pipes
  • Weather stripping
  • Where to materials meet

Common points animals enter the home:

Interactive common animal entry points diagram

To prevent animals from entering your home, make sure you inspect the interior at least once a year, checking all the common entry points.

Check your home after winter to make sure the harsh weather hasn’t created a small opening for animals. Most of them don’t need much space. You should also inspect the home at the end of the summer before the cold weather hits. If you find any weak points you’ll still have time to fix them before unwanted critters are looking for places to get out of the cold.

Animals that will move into your home

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Bats
  • Birds
  • Skunks
  • Snakes
  • Opossums
  • Wasps

Rodents are the most likely wild animal that will move into your home. Mice, rats, and squirrels account for about 75% or more of all unwanted critters in houses.

The favorite place for animals to take up residence is in your attic. It’s an inviting habitat for a wild animal because it’s low traffic, warm, dry and usually has nice out of the way places to hide.

Related: What animal is in my attic?

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Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Rat Poison or Mouse Poisons

Rat Poison - Why not to use it.In this post, we will list the reasons why we would never recommend you use rat poison in your home and how it can create even bigger problems.

So you have some rats or mice in the house?

Obviously, you want to get rid of them, and as soon as possible.

Although you could call a professional rat removal service, a cheap and easy solution that will occur to many people would be using rat poison or rodent poison. It’s not hard to find in a store, it’s not especially expensive and it can sometimes be effective.

But we would never recommend you use rat poison. It’s a bad idea for several reasons, from safety to the unintended consequences that can result.

Reasons not to use rat poison

Dangers to children

The biggest reason not to use rat poison is potential dangers to children. An accidental ingestion of rat poison by a crawling child or curious toddler could be life threatening.

According to poison control centers, over half of their poison emergency phone calls are for children under five. Over 90% of child poisoning incidents occur in that child’s own home. No matter what precautions you take, it is safer to keep all poisons out of your home.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers advises that if you think someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 right away. Serious poisonings don’t always have early signs. The call is free, private, 24/7/365, and expert help is available in more than 150 languages.

Related: Reducing the risks of rats and mice in your home

Dangers to pets

Rat poisons are powerful and they don’t discriminate. If you don’t have children to worry about, you will still be putting your pets at risk. Dogs and cats can both be poisoned by accidentally coming in contact with rat poison.

Dogs are well known to eat almost anything and those little poison pellets just look like food to them. Pets also come in contact with dead poisoned rodents and may be exposed that way.

Just recently we saw a news story about a family in Broomfield, Colorado that had their dogs sickened by a neighbor that was trying to poison squirrels.

This is exactly why we don’t recommend using rat poison to get rid of other nuisance animals!

Related: Identification of Rabies and How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets

Dangers to wildlife

Rat poison kills many wild animals each year beyond just their intended rodent victims.

The most common unintended victims of rat poison are other mammals and birds such as bobcats, coyotes, foxes, hawks and owls. They can become poisoned either by directly feeding on poisons, or indirectly by feeding on rats and mice who have already ingested them.

Many of these animals are protected or even endangered species. You could be unintentionally killing wild animals and hurting our animal ecosystems.

Related: Do I Need a Permit to Remove a Nuisance Animal in Illinois?

Rats and mice can die in your walls

Another great reason not to use rat or mice poison is that these poisoned animals will now be at risk for dying in your home.

A poisoned and sick animal may look for a safe spot to recover and then end up dying in your walls. We don’t know if you’ve ever smelled a dead rodent, but if you have, you’ll remember it. It’s terrible.

Imagine that dead rodent rotting away in your walls for weeks, leaving an almost unbearable smell floating through your entire home.

Besides the smell, that carcass may end up being the perfect habitat for flys. Imagine having a fly nursery in the walls of your home with hundreds or even thousands of flys in your home and no way for you to stop them all. It’s a horror story you don’t want to have in your home.

When it’s time to remove that dead animal from the wall and you realize there may be no other way to get to it other than cutting a hole in your wall, you’ll realize that maybe you should have used another method to get rid of rats.

Related: How to Keep Rodents Away From Your Home Without Using Poison

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How to Tell What Kind of Animal is in My Attic?

Squirrel in attic

Hearing noises coming from your attic at night?

Unfortunately, in Chicagoland, it’s not an uncommon thing. The extremes of weather here, especially during winter months will send a lot of animals searching for shelter. They might just decide your attic is the perfect place to settle down to keep warm or raise a family

In this post, we’ll cover some basics on how to try and identify what that animal in your attic is.

Identifying animal sounds in the attic

Most common animals in attic

The two most common kinds of animals that will enter your attic are raccoons and squirrels. This is a good place to start because most of the time that sound is going to be one of these two critters.

Related: Common animal entry points

Raccoon sounds

raccoon roundwormIf you are hearing animal sounds in your attic at night, it is most commonly a raccoon because they are nocturnal animals and thus most active at night.

Raccoons are often the loudest sound you will hear in your attic. They are the largest animal that will enter your home. It will make heavy, thudding, dragging, slower moving sounds. They will sound more like footsteps than any other animal, which can be frightening sometimes.

Related: Preventing Raccoons from Moving into Your Home

Squirrel sounds

If you are hearing sounds in your attic during the day, it’s probably a squirrel. They are typically only active during daylight hours.

Squirrels will make more erratic kinds of sounds. They ar lighter and will scurry and move around faster than a raccoon. Squirrels will usually stick to a schedule and so you’ll hear them moving around at the same time every day, usually around dawn and dusk.

If you hear one in the wall near you and bang on the wall, unlike some animals you’ll hear the squirrel run away from you.

Related: How to get rid of squirrels

Mice sounds

Being the smallest animal, mice will be much harder to hear. The saying “quiet as a mouse” exists for a reason. But it is possible you may hear them moving around at night. It might sound like a light scratching or chewing sound.

If you hear a mouse in the wall and bang on the wall, unlike a squirrel, it won’t run away. It will remain perfectly still for at least a minute, waiting to move again.

Related: The Differences Between Rats and Mice

Bats

You usually won’t hear a bat at night. They are in places where they’re not likely to be heard unless they are trying to crawl through your wall. In most cases you’ll see a bat in your house before you hear it.

Related: Bats in the attic during winter months

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Do I Need a Permit to Remove a Nuisance Animal in Illinois?

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You may not realize it, but that nuisance animal in your attic, shed, garage or on your property might be legally protected in Illinois.

Most wildlife is protected by law and cannot be killed or even removed without a permit.

Raccoons carrying disease into your home

The Illinois Department of National Resources is tasked with conservation and management of wild species in Illinois. By Illinois law, a property owner or tenant needs a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit to trap and remove most species of wildlife.

By Illinois law, property owners or tenants need a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit (PDF) to trap and remove most species of wildlife.

Is the animal you want to remove a protected species? We’ve listed the most common nuisance animals in Illinois below. 


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Mice, Norway rats, moles, voles, gophers, and shrews

dangerous rats, are rats dangerousThese small mammals may all be removed with no permit needed.

Exceptions to this rule include the eastern woodrat and rice rat, which are endangered species in Illinois. These two species may not be removed.

Related: Rat and Mice removal and control

Ground squirrels and chipmunks

The eastern chipmunk and the thirteen-lined ground squirrels may be removed without a permit.

Franklin’s ground squirrels are listed as threatened in Illinois and may not be removed.

 

Raccoons, skunks, opossums, beavers, muskrats, red foxes, gray foxes, mink, river otters, badgers, weasels, woodchucks, coyotes, and bobcats

striped skunkThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove fur-bearing animals. If you want to remove a fur-bearing animal yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, the IDNR encourages removal of most furbearers during open hunting and trapping seasons whenever possible. All Illinois hunting regulations must be followed. For more information on hunting and trapping regulations, visit the IDNR Licenses & Hunting site.

Related: Common animal entry points

Gray squirrels, fox squirrels, red squirrels, and southern flying squirrels

Tree SquirrelThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove squirrels. If you want to remove a squirrel yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, gray squirrels and fox squirrels may be taken during open hunting seasons.

Related: How to Squirrel-proof your home

Rabbits

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove rabbits. If you want to remove a rabbit yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, rabbits may be taken during open hunting seasons.

Bats

The (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional bat removal service to capture and remove bats.

Bats inside rooms will usually exit on their own. Close off exits to the room and keep windows open overnight.

Related: How to get bats out of the house

White-Tailed Deer

white tailed deer fawnWhite-tailed deer are protected under the Illinois Wildlife Code as a game species. It is illegal to take live deer from the wild unless you have received a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) or are a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

IDNR Deer Removal Guidelines (PDF)

In rural areas,  deer hunting is permitted in season. All state hunting regulations must be followed. Outside of hunting season, or in situations where hunting is not allowed, a deer removal permit may be issued by an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist.

A person who hits and kills a deer with a motorized vehicle can legally claim the deer to salvage the meat, hide, and antlers.

For more information on hunting and trapping in Illinois visit the Illinois Department of National Resources.


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We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

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Top 10 Signs Of Rats

top 10 signs of rats

During autumn, animal pests like to enter your home, seeking shelter and food. In rural areas, when fields are plowed, rats lose their habitat and make their way indoors. In urban areas, the cool weather drives them into your home. Regardless of where you live, rats can cause big problems. Aside from the numerous diseases and parasites they carry, they can cause major damage. If you have a hunch that you have a rat infestation, check out our lists for the top 10 signs of rats:

TOP 10 SIGNS OF RATS

  1. Scratching in the walls – Scratching or rustling sounds in the walls is one of the early, subtle signs of a rat infestation. They run through the walls to and from food sources. In addition, if they are building a nest, they will be moving materials between the walls.
  2. Rat droppings – Rat droppings are small, brown, and rice-shaped. A single rat leaves between 10 and 30 pellets a day.
  3. Grease marks – Rats have an oily fur that leaves grease or dirt tracks. You may notice them along floorboards or across counter tops in your house.
  4. Footprints – Their tracks have front and hind paw marks plus a tail print. You may notice them in dustier areas of the home.
  5. Rats holes – Brown rats are great burrowers and may leave holes as evidence.
  6. Rat nests – Rats make nests with cardboard, straw, and other soft items. You may notice them in your attic or basement, depending on the type of rat in your home.
  7. Rodent odors – You may notice a musky smell with the presence of rats.
  8. Urine stains – Their urine stains glow under UV lights.
  9. Chewed wires, floorboards, & boxes – Rats’ teeth are continuously growing, which means they gnaw on plastic, wood, and anything hard to keep them filed. You may notice gnawed floorboards, boxes of cereal, or walls.
  10. Rat sightings – If you’ve seen a rat, dead or alive, in your home – you may have an infestation.

If some or all of the top 10 signs of rats apply to your home, it may be time to call pest control. Attic solutions can safely and effectively remove rats from your home and repair damage caused by rats.

What Do Animals Do During Fall?

Where do animal pests go when the whether becomes chilly? Surprisingly, many of them stay active before the snowy, winter months hit. Read more to discover what do animals do during fall.

what do animals do during fall

What Do Animals Do During Fall: Migration

Many birds and insects migrate to warmer areas during the chillier months of fall. Because temperatures begin to drop during the fall season, these creatures begin to find more suitable conditions. For example, swallows migrate south once the weather begins to cool and their food sources dwindle. You may think that since some animal pests are leaving during this season you’ll see less activity, but it’s far from the truth. In fact, you may see more activity in your home at this time of year.

What Do Animals Do During Fall: Hibernation Preparation

Other animals prepare to hibernate during the fall. Squirrels, chipmunks, and groundhogs will gather food to store for the winter. Although chipmunks and squirrels do not go into a true hibernation state, they a relatively inactive during the winter. This leads them to frantically stockpile leftover food near your garbages or from your bird feeders. These small mammals can be quite pesky during the fall.

Bats will also hibernate during the cold months. You can expect their presence to taper off as the insect population dies down with the cool weather.

In addition, wasps and bees will still be active during the fall. They do not hibernate until winter. If there’s a nest near your home that needs to be removed, unfortunately the cold weather won’t be enough to detract them. Make sure to call pest control for assistance moving wasps or bee nests.

What Do Animals Do During Fall: Stay Active

Many other animals stay active during this time of year. Skunks, for example, stay in their dens but are awake during winter. You’ll see (and smell) plenty of skunks during the fall. Raccoons behave similarly, and will stay active year round. This means, you still have to be vigilant and remove outdoor food sources for these pests. In fact, you may notice more pest activity because homes have plentiful opportunities for food, while the cool weather limits natural sources.

Opossums are also active during the colder months. You may be surprised to know that they’ll even become active during the day, though they are nocturnal. Nonetheless, you should never take a chance with an opossum behaving strangely, as it may be infected with rabies or another disease.

Lastly, rodents remain highly active during the cold months. You may see more mice and rats in your home during the fall, as fields are plowed and they escape to your safe home. In addition, homes are full of food sources and provide shelter from the elements. Your rodent problem may be highest during the fall. Call Attic Solutions to remove your pests safely and efficiently, so you can enjoy the fall season without pests.