Why Do Rodents Return to Your Home Or Business?

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There’s nothing more frustrating than a rodent problem in your home or business – except a rodent problem that keeps coming back. If frequent rodent infestations have you scratching your head as to why these persistent pests keep coming back, we have answers. Let’s talk about why rodents come inside your home or business, and how you can make it less attractive to them.

Why Do Rodents Keep Coming Back?

Most animals constantly have to look for food and shelter. Rodents are no different. If rodents keep returning to your property, it’s likely because they see your home as a source for these things.

Abundant Food Sources 

One of the primary factors that lure rodents back to your property is the presence of easily accessible food and water sources. While you may have taken care of the obvious sources, some of the commonly overlooked food sources are:

  • Pet food left outside or in open containers 
  • Water bowls left standing 
  • Trash cans that aren’t securely sealed 
  • Leaking pipes 
  • Fallen fruits and vegetables in your yard 
  • Bird feeders with spilled seeds

To discourage rodents, keep pet food indoors and in tightly sealed hard plastic or metal containers. Secure trash cans with tight-fitting lids and clean up fallen fruits and seeds regularly. 

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Shelter for Cozy Nesting Sites 

Failing to properly declutter your property is a guaranteed way to see a repeat infestation, as your home or business is still full of hiding spots. Be sure to:

  • Declutter the attic, basement, garage, or storage rooms 
  • Regularly clean and tidy your property 
  • Avoid piles of things like clothes  
  • Use tightly sealed, hard plastic containers instead of cardboard for storage  
  • If a business, remove piles of cardboard as soon as possible

Breeding Habits and Inadequate Pest Control 

A single pair of rodents is capable of producing dozens of offspring in a short time. If you’ve had a rodent problem before and didn’t address it thoroughly, some members of the previous generation may have established nests elsewhere on your property. 

This cycle can continue unless all rodents are effectively exterminated. Signs to actively look out for are: 

  • Droppings 
  • Urine smell 
  • Gnaw marks 

Inadequate pest control may have left your property with residual odor and pheromones attracting the rodents back, especially if humane relocation was not done far enough away. To discourage their return, be sure to regularly inspect your property for openings that rodents can use to access your building and seal any gaps or cracks in walls and foundations.

Professional Rodent Control You Can Rely On 

The local rodent specialists at Forest Pest Control provide quick and hassle-free rodent control and will help you with rodent exclusion to ensure they don’t come back anytime soon. It’s the least we can do for our Central Florida community. If you suspect you may have a rodent problem, or are seeking preventative options, don’t hesitate to call today!

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