Have you ever accidentally left some food out on the counter over night? Lots of people do- they’re waiting for that banana bread to cool off and then one thing leads to another and it’s the next morning, and you’ve left the bread on the counter, uncovered and unprotected. Now, imagine coming into the kitchen the next morning and finding that half the bread is gone, crumbs are everywhere and it’s obvious that some tiny little teeth have been working hard at eating your banana bread. This is a major sign of the presence of rodents in your home, and if this has happened to you, you know the kind of stress this can cause! Rodents find their way into people’s homes especially in the fall while they are looking for a good place to spend the winter. Your home is an excellent winter location for rodents, because it provides the things they need to survive: food, water and shelter. Rodents will normally look for a safe place to build a nest; either in the basement or attic and sometimes even in wall voids. They will make their way into your kitchen in hopes of finding food, and then will carry it back to their nest where their babies await. These pests will leave signs of their presence all over your house, including droppings and trash piles in your kitchen cupboards and all around your home. Droppings look like little brown grains of rice, and the trash piles are little piles of debris from food wrappers and nesting material. If you have a cluttered house, it may not be immediately obvious that these pests are around, but if you look closely in kitchen drawers, under sinks and near your pantry, there is a very good chance you’ll find the tell-tale signs of rodents. Especially if you’ve woken up to half a loaf of banana bread missing from your kitchen counter. If you have mice or rats in your home, you will want to take action immediately. These pests are definitely a nuisance pest, but can also be damaging to your home’s wiring and structure, and possibly to you and your family’s health. If you only suspect mice are present, give the professionals at Plunkett’s a call today and we can help you locate any rodents that may be running loose in your house. For quality rodent control that you know you can trust in Fridley, Minneapolis, and throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and our entire service area, contact us today!