Mice and rats are pests that can easily break into homes and cause damage and inconvenience. Pest prevention and control is essential to ensure your home remains safe and healthy. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top five methods mice and rats use to break into homes. We will also discuss some important tips to ensure the safety of your home and thus avoid a pest infestation. By finding out how these pests enter your home and applying the tips, you will be able to keep your home healthy and protected.


Holes and cracks

Holes and cracks are one of the most suspected ways rats and mice can enter your home. The small holes and cracks that are often present around doors and windows are a very important element for rodents as these small openings can give them access to the inside of your home. Rodent species can sneak into it even if the opening is tiny. Most wood and cement floors are usually dug by these small mammals and cracks can be created by the rodents themselves, allowing them to get inside your home. Rodents are able to climb, jump and dig holes to infiltrate inside your home, so it’s important to inspect them frequently and repair them. You can also apply metal or plastic products around openings to prevent rodents from entering, but it may be best to hire a professional to better ensure they are properly sealed.


Use ventilation systems

Ventilation systems are one of the preferred methods for rodents to enter a home. Small animals can enter through air vents, air conditioning ducts or other openings such as heating ducts. Ventilation devices are little-known entry points that can be very damaging if not secured. If you are unsure about the safety of your ventilation system, you may want to have it inspected by a professional. When examining your ventilation system, look for holes or cracks in walls, floors or ceilings. Rodents can easily enter through coin-sized openings. Also check that the air vents are not damaged or missing. Grids are the main line of defense against rodent entry, and any defect can be a valuable entry point. If the grids are damaged or missing, you must replace them immediately.


Exploiting pipes


Because of their physical abilities, mice and rats are able to exploit pipes to enter your home. Indoor and outdoor pipes are particularly vulnerable to infiltration by these rodents. Outdoor pipes are particularly at risk because they are located outside the house and are easy for rodents to reach. These rodents can enter the drains using their sharp incisors and upper limbs. Once they are entered, they can move easily inside the pipes as they are very narrow and confined and provide cover to move around without being seen. Once inside the pipes, they can move through the houses and find a way into the house. Although the pipes provide cover for rodents, they are also very dark and can be difficult to explore. In addition, pipes can sometimes be filled with water and rodents could drown if they are not careful.


Holes around water pipes

Holes around water pipes are one of the main ways mice and rats can enter your home. Small animals can infiltrate through these holes with the help of their powerful jaws and incisors, and it is almost impossible to prevent them from doing so. Rats can also drill larger holes around water pipes or pipes to make their way into your home. So you should always check the ducts and pipes to make sure they are waterproof and have no holes or cracks. In addition, by checking the joints around your pipes, you will be able to ensure that there are no holes where rodents could slip in. A good installation is essential to make your home impenetrable to rodents and so that you can sleep peacefully at night. You can also take additional measures, such as installing metal sieves around water pipes and pipes to prevent rodents from slipping in.


Use non-watertight doors and windows

Doors and windows that are not well sealed can provide openings for mice and rats through which they can enter your home. Cracks and gaps too large between the door frame and the wall or holes around the window may be large enough to allow mice and rats to pass. It is important to inspect all entrances to your home and check that doors and windows are properly closed. It is also necessary to check that the joints of the windows and doors are in good condition and that there are no cracks, holes and crevices. If these openings exist, you will need to plug them with sealant or similar product, which will prevent rodents from entering your home.