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I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.

pest problems in country living

How Can You Ensure Your New Home Is Rodent-Free?

Andrea Cruz

Moving into a new home can be an exciting and exhilarating time. The last thing you want to discover on move-in day is that your seemingly well-maintained home is being shared by dozens or even hundreds of mice or rats. Rodent infestations are common but treating them while you're also moving and unpacking can be a challenge. Read on for some signs of a rodent infestation, as well as some steps you can take to help make sure your new home is free from rodents before move-in day. 

Signs of a Rodent Infestation

Even if you're buying your house as-is, it's important to take a tour before moving in so that you can carefully examine it for any pest problems (or potential pest problems) before you begin hauling in boxes. Some of the most common signs of a rodent infestation include: 

  • Droppings (rice-sized or smaller black pellets) in corners, kitchen cabinets, and drawers; 
  • Wads of chewed paper scraps, dryer lint, and other soft nesting items in the corners of drawers or in other dark, secluded spaces; 
  • Minor damage to wooden trim, baseboards, or outside siding or soffits; 
  • Electrical issues in a relatively new (or recently rewired) home, which can indicate that mice or rats have been chewing cords inside the walls; and
  • Small scratching, chewing, or chittering sounds from within the walls, in the ceiling, or beneath the floors. 

Also, be sure to inspect the attic, basement, or crawlspace, as mice tend to avoid human interaction by concentrating in these fairly uninhabited areas. If you notice any of these signs, you're not dealing with an isolated mouse or two. Instead, there's likely a colony of several dozen (or more) mice living somewhere in your new home.

Treating a Rodent Infestation Pre-Move-In

Once you've spotted signs of rodents, you'll want to quickly treat the home to prevent them from damaging any furniture, clothing, electronics, food, and other items you're moving into your new home. Your best bet is to contact a professional extermination company, as these companies have experience in the most efficient and effective ways to get rid of every single rodent in a house. This will prevent you from having to treat (and then re-treat) your home both before and after move-in day. 

If you do opt for the DIY approach, you may want to implement a combination of snap-traps and poison baits. But be aware that poison baits can be risky if you're moving with any pets, like dogs and cats, as they can either ingest the bait themselves or be harmed by "playing with" a mouse that has already eaten this bait. Snap-traps, while unpleasant to empty, are an effective and chemical-free option. 

For more information, contact your local residential mouse removal services.