If you don’t live in a town where rodents hang around, you’re in luck. Mice, rats and squirrels are your wires’ worst enemies. While it is pretty unhygienic to have these pesky animals in your house in the first place, it’s especially dangerous to your electricity as well. These rats and squirrels enjoy nibbling and chewing on wires that can cause the insulation of the wire to be damaged.
While this process can kill the animal itself, most often they get away with the crime and you’re left to pay the price. If you want to prevent a short circuit or a fire hazard in your house caused by a rodent, it’s high time you take matters into your own hands and eradicate these critters from your house completely.
Not sure how to? Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
Locate the Enemy
Mice are particularly fast on their feet and you might not even get a chance to have a glimpse of them until the damage has been done. The first step to getting rid of these fast-paced rodents is to locate them and find out if they really are hanging around at your home.
Rats and mice have a peculiar scurrying sound. They also tend to leave their droppings at random places. Suspicious holes in the wall, leftover food pieces lying in strange places, tiny paw prints are all telltale signs that an uninvited guest has infiltrated your residence.
You can also check the insulation and covering of your wiring. If it’s been torn or chewed, then you probably know what could have caused it.
Exterminate the Infiltrator
We strongly recommend hiring a professional exterminator to get the job done quickly and efficiently but if you’re not afraid of these rodents and are sure you can handle them yourself, you might want to do the purchase rat poisons and mice traps. Lay them out on the places you suspect the rodent visits frequently. You can also lure it to a desired place by placing a piece of food.
Finally, seal all of the holes and cracks in your home where a mouse can get in. Mice can fit into the tiniest of holes so you might want to seal the miniature cracks as well.
If the damage has already been done, make sure you bring in an electrician to repair the wiring to get your house out of the danger zone.
Need help getting your wiring repaired or upgraded, give McCauley Electrical a call. We are your local Albany licensed electrician offering residential and commercial electrician services to the Greater Capital Region.