When the summer time sets in the more time people are spending outdoors barbecuing and having fun. The weather is warm and inviting and that gets people out and enjoying the time with food and friends. The problem that comes with the warmer weather are the amount of pests that you are going to have to deal with. One of the pests that show up without fail in the summer are ants. They constantly work to collect food and build nests and tunnels. That means that if they find something they like in your home they will come on it. There are several things that you can do to keep ants from getting inside the home.
Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents. They are typically distinguished from mice by their size. The best known rat species are the black rat and the brown rat. Rats are commonly found living around people. They can be very destructive to homes as they often make their nests in and around people’s homes and office buildings. It’s not uncommon for a home to have had a rat infestation for many weeks or months before anyone inside notices. Once inside, rats will remain in place and multiply with adequate food, water and shelter.
Mice are small rodents, typically gray or brown with a pointy snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The common house mouse is the most well known species to infest homes looking for food and shelter. The house mouse is considered one of the most troublesome pests in the United States as they can thrive in a variety of conditions. Adult mice weigh about a ½ ounce and are 5 ½ to 7 ½ inches long, including a 3 to 4 inch tail. Mice are nocturnal and have poor eyesight. However, they have a keen sense of hearing and rely especially on their sense of smell to locate food and avoid predators. They are excellent climbers and build burrows for homes and to reproduce. A female mouse can give birth when they are only two months old, and they are able to have up to a dozen babies every three weeks. This means she could have as many as 150 offspring in a single year! Signs to look for if you suspect an infestation are droppings, fresh gnawing and tracks indicate areas where mice are active. They also have a characteristic musky odor and you will occasionally see them during the daytime.