Rats and mice. Whether they are friend or foe is entirely up to you, some people are perfectly happy, delighted even, to keep a rat in a cage and play with it like it was a cute little kitten. Personally, I would rather have the kitten, who would grow up into a cat and chase the rats and mice out of my personal space.
Truthfully, I am inclined to live and let live, but the one ground rule of that tenet is, the rats and mice must live outside. It’s not easy though, when the weather turns cool, to keep the little buggers out where they belong. They can squeeze through places that you would think air would be too small to penetrate. And if there isn’t a place they can get through, they will chew away at whatever is prohibiting their ingress until it’s no longer an obstacle.
You’ve seen the cartoons with the mice and the typical arched mouse hole? That is not an exaggeration, the holes the mice chew look exactly like that, sometimes anyway. If it was not such an irritating development, it would be humorous. However, I really doubt they have little rocking chairs and fireplaces behind the cute little arched hole in the wall. I hope not, anyway.
Probably the main reason for wanting mice and rats to stay outside is the fact that they carry all sorts of disease. Bubonic plague, hantavirus, Typhus, are just 3 of some 30 diseases that mice can bring into your home. Their droppings are especially dangerous for children, they can dry and then be inhaled by the little one, causing all kinds of issues.
It is never a good thing to try and share living space with rodents. And this time of year, they will try and get out of the cooler weather and inside your home. Give your pest control expert a call, they can help keep the critters out of your home, no matter how cool the weather is.