Many homeowners are bird lovers who keep seed filled feeders in the yard. Watching our feathered friends stop by for a meal is certainly enjoyable but …. have you ever wondered who is eating from the feeder at night?
For a hint think squirrel without the bushy tail …. that’s right, rats and mice are reaping the benefits of bird feeders at night. Since their other food sources are dwindling because of the drought and dropping temperatures, rodents are eager to take advantage of any offerings including bird or squirrel feeders, outdoor pet food dishes or unsecured trash cans.
Once rats or mice are used to finding food in the yard, it may be only a matter of time before they make the short journey into the house. Exclusion is the best defense against rats or mice getting into the home; however, it can be difficult because a mouse needs only ¼ of an inch for access. Replacing weather stripping and thresholds as needed, using copper mesh to fill small gaps around pipes and utility lines and fitting fine wire screening over crawl space vents and attic gables will help to keep rodents out.
To make the yard as inhospitable to rodents as possible remove any clutter they could shelter in or under, keep the grass short and leaves raked. Other worthwhile rodent prevention steps include not leaving seed in bird feeders or pet food outside after dark and having tight fitting trash can lids.
If you should be experiencing a problem with mice or rats, or any other pest, please contact Mr. Bugg’s Pest Patrol today for an evaluation and solution.