Rodents are common pests in Nashville. The two mouse pests we deal with most are house mice and deer mice. The two rat pests we deal with most are Norway rats and roof rats. While these animal species differ from each other in several ways, it is what they share in common that makes them a threat to Nashville businesses. Let's take a moment to look at these common traits and then discuss what you can do to use this knowledge as a secret weapon.
How Mice And Rats Are The Same
Mice and rats look for food, water, and harborage. When they get into man-made structures in search of these, they can leave droppings, urine, and hairs in many places. This can cause contamination and can create health code issues for Nashville businesses.
Mice and rats in Nashville are attracted to tight spaces. When they explore the exterior of your business, they'll try to squeeze into the openings they find. When they come upon an opening that is too small, they're equipped with teeth that can make small holes larger. A mouse needs a hole the size of a dime to gain entry. A rat needs a hole the size of a quarter.
When mice and rats find their way into storage areas, they can get into furniture, boxed items, and other things. They chew on fabrics, nest inside soft materials, and make these unsanitary.
When mice and rats go looking for food, you want to make sure your property isn't an ideal feeding ground. You can do this in several ways. Here are two examples:
- Dispose of bagged trash in covered containers. Remove trash from your property before bad smells develop. If smells develop, wash the containers to remove the scent. Rodents can smell rotting organic matter from a long distance.
- Keep the interior of your business clean and free of food particles. Keep trash protected and remove it regularly.
- If you have bird feeders, move them away from your exterior. Seeds are a sought-after food source for mice and rats.
- If you have pets, livestock, or other animals that leave dropping on your property, be aware that mice and rats can feed on animal feces. While certainly not a preference, urban rodents make due with what they can find.
Clear your gutters and make repairs to your gutter system.
Remove objects that collect rainwater.
Fix leaky spigots, pipes, hoses, and sprinklers.
When mice and rats explore your exterior, give them as few openings as possible. You may also want to apply metal flashing to some areas to bolster your defenses.
Replace weatherstipping, door sweeps, and screens on exterior doors.
Replace wood that has been chewed on.
Replace rotting wood.
Replace loose mortar.
Replace damaged or missing vent covers.
Seal gaps around pipes and other foundation wall penetrations.
Replace any damaged fascia or soffits.
Other Helpful Rodent-Prevention Tips
These tips aren't linked to the threat rodents cause, but they're good to know.
Trim tree branches that pass over or touch your roofline. This prevents climbing rodents from exploiting vulnerabilities on your roof.
Put wire mesh in the downspouts of your gutter system.
Move objects away from your exterior that rodents can hide under. This is particularly important for Norway rat issues. These like to create ground burrows under objects and clutter.
Keep interior spaces dry and well ventilated, particularly attic spaces.
Move stacked wood and other organic material away from your exterior.
Professional Rodent Control
If rodent pressures are high, it may be necessary to get control of mice and rat populations by applying traps and other control solutions around the exterior of your business. At All-American Pest Control, we use Integrated Pest Management methods and rodent control products that are 100 percent green to get effective control of rodents. When you see rodent activity around or inside your Nashville business, reach out to All-American Pest Control. Our highly-trained and experienced service team members are your ultimate secret weapon.
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