October 20th
The Humane Way to Handle Rodent Issues

The beginning of autumn marks the beginning of rodent season. Mice and rats are most active in the fall as they search for food, water, and shelter in preparation for upcoming harsh winter weather. With this increase in activity comes an increase in rodent sightings, particularly within homes and places of business. For centuries, homeowners have turned to traps and poisons to control rodent issues, however, there are a number of safer, more effective ways to prevent and handle infestations without turning to inhumane methods.

How to Spot Rodent Issues

Often, rodent issues are difficult to spot before infestations have grown to an unmanageable state. However, with a keen eye it is possible to notice signs of rodent activity earlier rather than later. Rodents are prolific chewers, and will often enter a home by chewing holes near window sills, door sweeps, garage doors, or around plumbing fixtures on the outside of the structure. They may also enter through weep vents, which are small gaps in the brick that allow moisture to drain from the walls. Droppings, staining, and the presence of fur are also telltale signs of rodent activity.

Why Mice are So Important

Mice and rats exist in abundance in every urban area in North America. They also breed at an extremely high rate, producing offspring multiple times throughout the year. Mice and rats play an important role in our ecosystem. In rural areas, rodents are prey to a number of other wildlife. In urban neighbourhoods, rodents help control insect populations and feed on weeds in our gardens and lawns.

How to Humanely Deal With Rodent Issues

Preventative measures are always the least invasive method to control rodents. By keeping rodents away from your property in the first place, you can prevent hosting growing populations throughout the fall and winter. Always keep your pantry foods in sealed containers, and avoid leaving food out in the open for long periods of time. Keep pet food sealed and out of the way, and be sure to keep your pet's feeding area clean.

Sometimes infestations are inevitable, despite your best efforts to prevent them. Traps, poisons, and other inhumane methods to control rodents have been heavily relied on for decades, but those methods are both cruel and ineffective. Trying to control rodent populations using these methods is ineffective for a number of reasons. Mice and rats reproduce faster than traps and poisons can control existing populations. These products can also be toxic to other wildlife, children and pets that come into contact with them.

Decades ago, humane rodent control was non-existent. After years of testing, Skedaddle can confidently offer full home humane, ethical, and effective rodent removal and exclusion. Using a combination of screening, sealing, and installing one way doors to allow rodents to exit without the ability to return, Skedaddle has developed strategies that protect rodent populations while also keeping homes and businesses rodent-free.

Rodent issues can be alarming for homeowners, especially given the risks associated with these critters. In order to protect your home and your family, it’s imperative to act quickly at the first signs of rodent activity. Homeowners should make a habit of inspecting their property once per season, and calling for professional help from a trusted, humane rodent removal service when issues arise.