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What attracts mice?

Similar to any living creature, rodents require three key elements for survival: food, shelter, and water. While our homes naturally offer shelter, inadvertently providing access to the other two essentials is quite common. From leaky plumbing to unattended crumbs, several factors attract mice and rats. Common causes contributing to an infestation include:

  • Spilled food or liquids
  • Improper disposal of trash
  • Clutter or overgrown landscaping
  • Open entry points
Mice feeding on left out food

How Do Rodents Get Indoors?

Rodents are resourceful in infiltrating homes or businesses through nearly any opening. Certain species, like Norway rats, may dig under the ground to find openings in foundations. Others, such as roof rats, scale nearby trees or vines in search of loose shingles or alternative access points. Unfortunately, their ability to squeeze through minute cracks complicates the identification of their entry paths.

Dietary Habits of Rats and Mice

Rats and mice, being omnivorous rodents, possess diverse diets. They are notorious for scavenging human food scraps like crumbs and leftovers. Additionally, they consume grains, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. While sharing a similar diet, there are differences:

  • Mice favor grains, vegetables, fruits, seeds, and comparable foods, consuming less due to their smaller size.
  • Rats display a heightened attraction to meat, fish, and cheese. They are also inclined towards accessing garbage cans or pet food.

What to Do If You Have Rodents

Repeatedly encountering signs of infestation around your home likely indicates an attractant for these pests. Once rodents infiltrate, eradicating them becomes a challenging task.

Fortunately, Suburban Exterminating is here to assist. With 63 years of experience serving the Suffolk County & Nassau County area, our licensed exterminators adeptly identify the root causes of infestations. Following an assessment of why rodents breach your property, they collaborate with you to devise a tailored treatment plan, ensuring not only the elimination of pests but also their prevention.

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