Shocked. Embarrassed. Outraged. That's how you feel when you discover mice or rats in the house. It's just not fair. After all, you keep the house clean, right? Your yard is tidy. Why did they choose your home to invade? If you have mice or rats in the house, remember one important thing: it's not your fault.
Rats and mice need warm places to live. When the weather turns cooler, they look for shelter. If they're in the neighborhood - and they're always in the neighborhood - your house can become a candidate. A mouse can get in through a hole the size of a dime. A rat needs a hole the size of a quarter. Both animals can climb up brick walls and get into your home through the attic or a second-floor window. Mice don't need much food and hardly any water. So a little food left out could be all it takes to keep a lot of mice happy.
The two basic ways to control mice and rats are baits and traps. They both have their advantages. Which one you use largely depends on your preferences. Get more information on baits and traps here. To find out more about controlling these pests, see our solutions articles on Mice and Rats.