Are Older Homes More Likely to Get Mice or Rats?

Posted on 2020-02-25

When you choose a heritage or classic house to call your home, you’re making a few concessions.

You’re gaining the charm and beauty of a lovely home. But you’re conceding that you may have trouble with the plumbing, the wiring or the roof sometime soon. However, you may also be conceding that you’re more likely to get mice or rats.

Here’s why…

Older Homes and Rodents

It’s unfair to say that all older homes are prone to getting mice. However, the older a house is, the more likely it is to have nooks and crannies that could let rodents into your home.

Older homes are usually made out of wood. This wood ages and warps, which can lead to tiny gaps in your walls, or around your windows and doors. Mice can squeeze through remarkably small holes. The gaps around windows and doors (particularly leading to the basement) are often all they need.

At the same time, rats are capable of gnawing through wood and working their way into your home.

This is why it’s incredibly important to find and fix these gaps as soon as possible to prevent an infestation, or sky-high heating bills.

What Should I Do if I Have Mice or Rats?

Your local hardware store is full of products (like traps or poisons) that you can use to get rid of your infestation. It’s pretty debatable how well any of them work, despite what their labels say.

It’s always best to bring in professional help and call an exterminator at the first signs of a rodent infestation. Not only will they help you get rid of the mice or rats you have right now, but they can also keep rodents from coming back.

A trained and experienced exterminator can look around your home and give you an educated opinion on where the rodents may be entering your home.

This means you will only have the problem once, as opposed to having to go back to the hardware store every few months because the problem (and the pest) keeps coming back.

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