For much of the U.S., fall brings cooler temperatures and precipitation. Unfortunately, this means rodents like mice and rats will often invade homes in search of food and shelter from the cold. Better Termite & Pest Control is sharing information about how homeowners can prevent rodent infestations this winter and advice on how to keep their families protected from the threats of an infestation.
Just the sight of a rodent can be startling, but these pests are also responsible for spreading disease and causing property damage. Mice and rats can spread salmonella, rat bite fever, hantavirus and even trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks. They are also known to gnaw through building materials like pipes and drywall, which poses an unwelcome surprise for any homeowner. In addition to your home, your vehicle offers rodents an ideal place to build a nest and a meal. Rodents are known to gnaw on electrical wiring, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
House mice are the most common sources of a rodent infestation. There are a few ways you can tell if your home has been infested with house mice. Be sure to keep an eye out for gnaw marks, droppings, tracks and the smell of their urine.
To prevent rodents from accessing your home, Better Termite & Pest Control and the NPMA recommend following these best practices:
- Seal any exterior holes or cracks larger than a dime with silicone caulk.
- Ensure all windows and vents are properly screened.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from the home.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the building.
If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest control professional immediately by visiting www.bettertermite.com