Rodent Hide and Seek
We’ve discussed how mice and rats can get in to your home, but where do they hide once they’ve found shelter? The answers can be surprising. Rodents don’t want to be in the middle of the action in your home and find quiet hiding spots. Likely areas are inside walls, the attic, and even behind baseboards, but here are a few more spots they like to hide, some of which can be dangerous – heating elements and wires, which rodents will chew, can pose dangers. If you feel you have rodents in your house, check the following areas:
- Dryer vents. Dryer vents are a cozy place for mice to hang out in the cold months. If you have access, check the vent outside and if possible, put a screen on it to prevent rodents from getting in.
- Ovens. Because ovens are warm and hidden, it provides rodents the privacy and heat they search for. However, in addition to being unsanitary, it can also pose a fire risk. If you have an oven that is not used often, check it periodically for chewed wires or insulation around the oven door. Also look for evidence of food or droppings.
- Linen closets or dresser drawers. While seemingly unlikely places since food is not nearby, these dark spaces can be a cozy place to set up a nest.
- Storage boxes. Storage areas are a rodent’s dream home. Since they are rarely accessed, and kept in a dark quiet space, rodents will often create nests in them.
- Under sink cabinets. Under the sink offers everything a rodent wants: warmth, protection and water.
- Behind the refrigerator. This is a common hiding spot for rats to create a nest. Periodically move the fridge out and clean dust and food debris to make sure you don’t provide an incentive.
If you find rodent droppings, see evidence of missing food, or chewed wires and packages, you might have a rodent infestation. In addition to checking these areas regularly, call Triple S Services for an inspection. 800-457-3785.