What attracts mice?
Like any other creature, rodents need three things to survive: food, shelter, and water. Our homes automatically provide shelter, and it’s easy to unknowingly provide access to the other two essentials. From leaky plumbing to crumbs on the counter, there are a lot of factors that can attract mice and rats. Some of the most common causes of an infestation include:
- Spilled food or drinks
- Improper trash disposal
- Clutter or overgrown landscaping
- Open entry points
How do Rats Get Inside?
Rodents are crafty and can access your home or business through almost any opening. Some species, such as Norway rats, may burrow beneath the ground to find holes in your foundation. Others, including roof rats, will climb up nearby trees or vines to look for loose shingles or other entry points. Unfortunately, rats and mice are capable of squeezing through tiny cracks or gaps, which can make it very difficult to identify exactly how they are getting inside.
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What Do Rats & Mice Eat?
Rats and mice are omnivorous rodents with a diverse diet. They are most famous for scavenging on human food scraps, such as crumbs and leftovers. However, they also feed on grains, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Though rats and mice have a similar diet, there are a few differences:
- Mice prefer grains, vegetables, fruits, seeds, and other similar foods. They also tend to eat much less than rats, considering their smaller size.
- Rats are especially attracted to meat, fish, and cheese. They are also more likely to try and access your garbage can or pet food.
Are Rodents Attracted to My Home?
If you keep finding signs of an infestation around your home, then there’s likely something attracting them to your space. Once rodents access your property, it can be very difficult to get rid of them.
Thankfully, that’s where Griffin Pest Solutions can help. Our licensed exterminators have 93 years of experience serving the Michigan are and know how to pinpoint the root cause of an infestation. Once they figure out why rats and mice keep getting indoors, they’ll work with you to create a customized treatment plan that will not only eliminate the pests, but keep them out for good.