What Rodents In Jacksonville Homes Break-In For

January 18, 2019

When someone decides to break into your home, it’s usually with the intent to steal. Maybe they’ll take your jewelry. Perhaps they’re interested in electronics. They may be hoping to find money you have hidden away. Whatever the case, these intruders are usually there to rob you.

When rodents break into your Jacksonville home, part of the reason they are there is to take things that belong to you, but that’s not the whole story. They’re also quite interested in something that most burglars are not interested in. They want to move in to stay.

rodent on a rock

Why Rodents Break In

Rodents break into houses in search of three things:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter

If a rodent can find all three of those in the wild, it is unlikely to try to move indoors. However, there are times when one or all of those basic needs are in short supply. In the winter, the weather gets cooler and rodents may not find their current shelter as cozy as it was in the summer and fall. They find it more difficult to access food as seasonal vegetation are harvested or die. When this occurs, rodents start to look for a new place that does meet their needs.

How You’re Attracting Rodents Without Realizing It

Oftentimes, Jacksonville homeowners put out a big neon "Welcome" sign for rodents without even realizing they’re doing it.
Consider the following things that attract rodents to your property and into your home, and determine to fix these problems to avoid a rodent infestation:

  • If your yard makes food sources available, rodents will be interested in checking them out. Fruit and vegetable gardens, pet food, fruit trees, bird feeders, and open garbage containers all invite rodents to explore on your property.
  • Water sources on your property pique rodents interest and will cause them to investigate further. Pet dishes, bird baths, uncovered pools, and areas of poor drainage and standing water all provide a potable water source for rodents.
  • If your yard has a lot of places to hide, rodents will find it easy to get close to your home. Tall grasses, vegetation growing against your house, wood piles, and stone walls are all great hiding spots for rodents.
  • If you leave food out on your counters or in easy-to-open containers in your cupboards or pantry, rodents will want to check it out. The same goes for your garbage.
  • If your home has a lot of clutter or storage areas with many boxes, rodents will easily hide and nest inside them.

To avoid rodents getting into your home, take care of any of the above that applies to your home and property. Make sure to seal up any entry points around your house. Rodents can fit through small spaces and can nibble at a little hole to make it big enough to fit through.

How to Rid Your Home of Rodents

If you’re worried about a rodent infestation, you can’t beat the peace of mind that comes with having an inspection done by the rodent control experts at Lindsey Pest Services. We have the experience and knowledge to thoroughly inspect your home for any signs of rodents. We will point out areas around your home that may attract rodents or allow them to easily gain access to your house.

Keep your home free from break-ins with the help of Lindsey Pest Services. Call us to schedule an inspection.

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