If you are in need of critter control experts in Georgetown, TX, we’re sorry. Truly we are. While we deal with rat control and wildlife removal every day, we don’t enjoy the fact that many homes and businesses are so affected because of rodent infestations. In fact, we’d be perfectly happy focusing on the home improvement side of our business if no one ever needed a mouse exterminator ever again!

But people do need rodent control all the time, and it really invites the question: How are rodents getting into homes in the first place? That’s what we’re going to discuss today, and hopefully following some of these will help you avoid getting rodents again next time.

Tilted and Cracked Foundations

As homes get older, they tend to let in more creatures. One of the reasons for this is that the foundation is giving out. This often occurs because the dirt underneath the foundation is settling, or water has washed the dirt away and caused the foundation to tilt or crack. Foundation problems can also give mice and rats access to parts of the siding that they didn’t have before, which gives them access to the frame of the house. And we all know what that means.

This can happen just about anywhere around the base of the house, but one of the most common problems shows up at the garage. Cracked and listing garage floors can prevent the garage door from forming a proper seal, letting bugs, snakes, mice, and rats in.

And speaking of garages…

Garage Doors Are the Gateway

In general, garages are one of the easiest ways for mice and rats to get inside your home. After all, it’s the largest door in your home, and it’s impossible to keep an eye on what is crawling in while you’re trying to park your car. Once rodents are in the garage, they can easily access many parts of the home simply by chewing through drywall and accessing the frame. Then they climb the cords that are in the walls and can make it to different floors.

It’s hard for us to say “keep your garage door down.” After all, it’s probably up and down three or four times a day as you head to work and run errands (and that number only goes up the more cars you own and the more garage spaces you use). During most of the year, we can leave our garage doors up in Georgetown and enjoy the temperature, whether we’re woodworking, working on a vehicle, or just cleaning up. As a form of mouse control, we might suggest putting some mouse traps just inside your garage door at the corners, because anything looking to get inside will be sticking to the walls; they’re not going right down the open space in the middle of the garage.

Finally, make sure the flashing on your garage doors is in good condition. Even if the rodents don’t get inside during the time you have the garage doors open, it’s important to make sure they don’t get crawl in through a hole in the flashing during the middle of the night.

Siding

We already mentioned that failing foundations can expose (or create) gaps in siding. Mice and rats can get in there because there are hollow places in the siding hidden by J-channels and corner posts. If they can access even the smallest hole in these exterior pieces, it gives them access to most of the interior of a home.

Gutters Lead To the Roof

Think that mice can’t get up on your roof because it’s too high? You might be surprised that mice don’t have much problem using downspouts and gutters to get up on the roof.

“So what?” you might think. “I don’t care if they’re up on the roof.” Unfortunately, it can be a big problem. There are many openings on a roof, including chimneys and vents. Attic fans also offer access to rodents. From these openings, most rodents have no problem finding access to the rest of the home.

Utility Lines

In most of today’s newly-built neighborhoods, the power lines are underground and no longer enter a home via hanging wires. But there are still lines, such as cable and phone, that get into a home via holes drilled into the side of the home or the foundation. If the caulk filling these holes give out, it can let pests into a home or business and require rodent control

Cellar Doors

If you have cellar doors, you might want to consider checking to see if there are any gaps that could allow mice and rats to get in. Remember, mice can get through anything that’s larger than a dime, and metal cellar doors are notorious for the two sides not meeting up properly and forming any sort of protection.

While it might not be a huge deal if a rat gets into the cellar, they’re not likely to stay there for long. They’ll quickly move to the nearest place that has food, and that’s most often the kitchen. If your cellar door isn’t quite meeting properly, our home contractors can make sure it does. When you’re in the dark cellar, check to see if you can see any light. If so, it will probably let rodents in.

Sewer Lines

It’s not very common, but it does happen. Mice and rats can get in via sewer lines if they’re not properly sealed. While the horror stories about them coming up into toilets are less likely because of the standing water, they have less of a problem coming up through bath or sink drains.

And Sometimes They’re Not Even In Your House!

Sometimes we’re dealing with critters that aren’t even in the house but are a nuisance nonetheless. These are often the possums and raccoons that hang around in the yard and are being mean to pets or even humans. If you live in Texas, you probably know very well that these creatures, no matter how cute they are, have razor-sharp teeth and can be very aggressive (fine, possums aren’t very cute, but raccoons are adorable if you can get past the growling and teeth-baring). Some seem to have no fear of humans and are ready to brawl at a moment’s notice.

And yet, in most cases, no one wants to kill them. That’s fine, because we use live traps for squirrels, raccoons, and possums and relocate them far away from your backyard and other neighborhoods. It’s really best for everyone, because they’re also less likely to end up run over in the street. Plus your trash can is less likely to get tipped over. Just call us for wildlife control and we’ll move them along to a better place. (And that’s not a euphemism for killing them!)

We Handle The Problem and Fix Your Building

Most rodent control and wildlife control experts in Georgetown might be able to deal with the animals, but they aren’t able to repair the damage left behind by the rodents. In fact, they might not do much more than stick copper mesh into the holes and call it good. But that’s not enough, not by a long shot.

When your rodents are gone, your home will most likely require expert repair in order to not only ensure the rodents don’t come back, but also to make your house look good. At Topps Home Services, we’re your business and home contractors who can make sure your house returns to its pre-infestation state. We’re “one-stop-shopping” when it comes to rodent control and removal; no need to call multiple companies and deal with multiple bills! Contact us today to get the process started!