Baton Rouge's Total Rodent-Prevention Guide
January 15, 2022 - Rodents
When was the last time you saw a rodent? If you have visited the pet store recently, you may have seen rats or mice running around in small glass cages. What is interesting is how fast those mice and rats would go wild if let loose in your home. It is also interesting how often wild rodents in our area break into homes, considering that they are scared of humans. To help you better understand the problematic rodents in Baton Rouge, here are some things to consider today.
What Types Of Rodents Invade Baton Rouge Homes?
There are many different kinds of rodents that live here in Baton Rouge. We have small rodents like mice, we have medium-sized rodents like squirrels and rats, and we have large rodents like woodchucks and beavers. Of all the kinds of rodents that live around our homes, it is medium and small rodents like squirrels, mice, and rats that cause the most trouble for locals. The reason these pests invade homes is to find food, water, and shelter. Rodents are more likely to invade during the colder months of the year or during times of heavy storming.
How Fast Do Rodents Breed?
If it wasn’t enough that wild rodents are unsettling to look at, they also breed rapidly. How fast do ugly rodents breed? Well, let's look at mice. A single female mouse has a gestation period of 19 to 21 days, gets pregnant 5 to 10 times a year, and has 3 to 14 pups per litter. To make things worse, after being born, it only takes a newborn female mouse 4 to 7 weeks to become sexually mature. In short, it doesn’t take long for a few adult rodents to turn into dozens of tiny rodents.
The Benefits Of A Clean Home
If you are looking for some ways to deter ugly rodents from breaking into your Baton Rouge property, you should start with a thorough cleaning. This will not just eliminate food and moisture sources rodents might live on but it will also reduce the number of places these pests have to hide.
How To Seal Your Baton Rouge Home’s Exterior
Another great tip to keep out wild rodents is to make sure your home’s exterior is properly sealed. This is done in a few different ways.
- Use a caulking gun and some steel wool to fill in gaps, holes, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Inspect your home’s window/door screens to make sure they are in good working condition.
- Install metal screens over exposed ventilation shafts and utility piping that leads into your home.
- Make sure all of your exterior doors have door sweeps.
- Keep unscreened windows and doors closed when you aren’t using them.
- Check your chimney for damage and make sure it has a rodent-proof cap.
- Repair damage to your home’s siding, shingles, and roofline.
A Simpler And More Effective Answer To Rodent Problems
Whether you are trying to remove wild rodents from your Baton Rouge home or you are looking for a good long-term solution to keep these pests out, your best bet is to hire the experts at DAT Exterminating. We will inspect your home for entry points that rodents might use to get inside, where rodents are hiding in or around your home, and potential breeding grounds. We will then implement advanced rodent control techniques to address existing issues and create a defensive barrier around your home to keep future invaders away. Finally, we will monitor your property for rodent activity and make sure treatments continue to keep these pests away.
Contact us today to find out more about our rodent control plans and schedule your Baton Rouge home for a visit.