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What To Do If Rodents Got Into Your Plano Home This Winter

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It is not uncommon for Texas residents to find rodents in their homes. Both mice and rats are sneaky and invasive animals that will come into your home and cause extensive damage. At DANCAN, we have been providing comprehensive pest control in Plano, Texas for several years, and we know what it takes to eliminate bothersome rodents from your home.

Why Rodents Break Into Plano Homes In Wintertime

Mice and rats thrive in warm temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer to live outdoors, where they can feast on the bugs, fruits, and nuts they find lying around. 

However, once the temperatures drop below 65 degrees, mice and rats will start to look for a place that provides warmer temperatures and a more viable food source. If they can sense warmth, food, and water in your home, they will do their best to try and come inside. They don't need a large opening to enter your home. They can squeeze through small crevices and gaps that are only about 1/4 of an inch wide. 

Rodent Warning Signs Every Plano Homeowner Should Know

Both mice and rats will do their best to stay out of sight. However, you don't have to see rodents in person to know that they have been in your home. Some of the clues that you can look for include the following:

  • Holes in your home: Rodents will chew a hole through your wall, cabinet, furniture, or any other object to get inside. They will also chew holes in food packages, like bags of chips and boxes of cereal.
  • Rodent droppings: Rat droppings are dark brown or black oval-shaped pieces of fecal matter about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long. Mouse droppings look the same but are only about 1/4 of an inch long.
  • Shredded paper: Both rats and mice will tear up cardboard, paper, clothing, and other soft materials to make a nest. If you see these nesting materials balled up in the corner of your closet or some other area that has low activity, you should have your home inspected for rodents.
  • Gnaw marks: Mice and rats both have teeth that continue to grow for their entire lives. To keep their teeth growth in check, they need to chew and nibble on things constantly. If you notice small teeth marks on your furniture, wall, or any other non-metal surface, you probably have a rodent problem.

If you have rodents in your home, you will also notice a foul, musty odor. Rat and mouse urine has pheromones that have a strong and unpleasant odor. The more rodents you have in your home, the stronger the smell will be.

What To Do If Rodents Have Gotten Inside Your Home

Rodents will come into your home for food, shelter, and water. If you think you have rodents in your home, the best thing to do is to make the three necessities inaccessible. Some of the things that you can do to try to get rid of rodents include:

  • Seal up any cracks or gaps around your house.
  • Keep all food in metal or glass containers with sealable lids.
  • Don't leave bowls of pet food or water out all night.
  • Fix any leaky faucets or pipes immediately.

If you see any rodents in your home, you should call a professional to ensure they eliminate every rodent in your house.

The Best Solution Against Rodents In Plano

If you think you have rodents in your Plano home, call us as soon as possible. At DANCAN, we know how to safely remove all rodents from your home and keep them out.