You often hear mice squeaks and nibbles and see their damage long before you see an actual mouse. If you find strange ragged holes in boxes, bags or fabrics, chances are that you have mice or rats. The good news is that unless you have a very large home, you will only have mice or rats but not both. The two rodent species cannot tolerate one another’s presence. If you follow these tips, you won’t have to tolerate them, either. Wu dong qian kun
Importance of Rodent Control
Most animal species have suffered since humans came to dominate the planet. However, a select few species have done incredibly well because they steal food and housing from people. Mice and rats are rodents that are found just about anywhere you can find people. Rodents may be cute but do not let wild ones in your home. They can carry up to 35 diseases, including leptospirosis, rabies and bubonic plague.
Looking for Potential Access Points
Rodents can squeeze through surprisingly narrow cracks. Rodents enter your home looking for food, water and shelter. Deny them access to your home by repairing any gaps or cracks in these areas:
- Window frames
- Openings for pipes, cables or other utilities
- Cabinets or cupboards
- Rips in screen doors.
Remove Clutter Inside and Outside the Home
It may not be fun, but cleaning up trash has to be done. Rats and mice are attracted to clutter and trash because they provide not only food but hiding spaces. Since rodents are prey species, they feel most secure in places with lots of places to hide and live. Each mouse or rat has several nests or bolt holes to scurry to in case a predator like you happens to arrive.
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- Piles of clothing: These make great nests. Get all clothing off of the floors and into containers, drawers, hampers or on hangers.
- Piles of boxes: These also make great nests as well as convenient materials to gnaw on in order to keep their teeth healthy. Get rid of any box that you do not need.
- Garbage cans: These need to be kept outdoors in nibble-proof containers.
- Around bird or squirrel feeding stations: Birds and squirrels are messy eaters. Rats and mice are attracted to spilled food. Clean up all spills every day. Consider not stocking any bird or squirrel feeders until your rodent situation is under control.
How to Buy the Correct Size Dehumidifier for Optimal Comfort
Humidity that is too high or low creates uncomfortable living conditions. In addition, high humidity leads to allergic reactions, condensation on windows and musty odors in your home. Low humidity can cause chapped lips, throat irritations, damage to electronic equipment and respiratory problems.
Dehumidifiers increase or lower humidity levels in a home, but incorrectly-sized dehumidifiers can’t provide you with the required level of comfort. It is therefore important to buy a dehumidifier that is the optimal size for your home. Dehumidifiers are sized based on the amount of moisture that is extracted from the air in a 24 hour period. The amount of moisture extracted is measured in pints. The required dehumidifier capacity depends on the size and the condition of the area where you want to use the dehumidifier.
Choosing the Best Dehumidifier for a 1,000 Sq. Ft. area
Moderately damp homes with a musty odor in humid weather, but no additional humidity problems, require a dehumidifier of 14 pints or larger.
Very damp homes with damp spots on the walls and floor, and where there is a musty odor present, require a dehumidifier of 17 pints or larger.
Wet homes, that feel and smell damp with walls and floors that sweat, or where evidence of seepage is visible, require a dehumidifier of 20 pints or larger.
Very wet homes with areas that are used to dry laundry in, wet floors or high load conditions require a dehumidifier of 23 pints or larger.
In addition to the size of the humidifier, also consider the portability and storage tank capacity of a dehumidifier. Furthermore, functions such as an automatic switch-off function, removable air filter and automatic defrost function are available on some of the dehumidifier brands. It is possible to greatly improve the comfort levels of your home by using a dehumidifier that is sized correctly.