Each winter, rodents invade more than 21 million homes in the United States. Learning that you have rodents can be alarming and getting rid of them permanently can be a huge feat for just one person. Many people think that simply trapping the mice or rodent will solve their problem, but that is entirely false. Learn why this is the case and how you can fix your rodent problem, permanently.

Mice Can Enter Through The Smallest of Areas

First and foremost, it is important to understand that trapping is a temporary fix – not a permanent solution. The first step in diagnosing WHY you have an infestation. The main way rodents enter a home is through cracks and openings in the foundation around your house. A mouse can fit through a hole that is the same diameter as a dime! Mice also enter homes through cracks and holes found in walls, floors, windows or ceilings. They can even find ways to enter through sewer lines. Since there are so many small areas and ways for mice and other rodents to enter, hiring a company who is able to be meticulous and know where to find these access points and correctly seal them, is of the upmost importance.

Other Common Rodents & Their Various Diets

Red-backed voles and shrews are also a common problem – Especially in Alaska. Voles are herbivores and like to eat a variety of grasses, plants, bark and roots of trees, usually in fall or winter. These critters store seeds and other plant matter in chambers underground, where it is warm. This warmth is a main reason why voles are common to find around your home in the winter. Shrews are carnivorous and will eat voles and other small creatures. These various diets are a key reason why one should hire a professional. Varmint Gone’s team of experts are highly knowledgable when it comes to the specific bait to use to ensure that all of the pests are caught. If one does not bait effectively, you will actually teach the rodents what to look out for, making them harder to catch.

What To Do If You Have A Rodent Problem

Ultimately, simply trapping these rodents is not a permanent solution, as stated earlier. They will continuously re-enter your home if you do not fix HOW they are getting in. Step one is to hire a professional, experienced company such as Varmint Gone, who has nearly three decades of experience. Our team is well-versed when it comes to how to remove mice, shrews, voles and many other types of rodents. Our first step will be diagnosing how they are entering your home, then effectively sealing all access points, trapping the rodents and doing any clean-up that is necessary depending on the severity of the infestation. To learn more about our rodent removal process and to schedule an inspection of your home, call Varmint Gone today!