Be On The Look Out For Mice This Fall
October 19, 2016
At one time or another, you might have the realization that you and your family are not the only ones who call your house home. Each fall, millions of rodents across the country are on the move, looking for a quiet, warm spot to nest for the winter. Your home looks every bit as inviting to them as it does to you when it starts to get cold outside. There are certainly those people who find these furry creatures cute, but the destruction and sickness that they can cause are neither fuzzy nor are they cute.
Rodents such as mice and rats have a few things in common. They like to be warm, and they are almost always hungry. Your kitchen is a buffet to these pests. After you are asleep, they will sneak in and chew through boxes and bags of grains, cereals, and anything else that they can find in your cupboards while they scurry back and forth across countertops leaving their droppings throughout. They also have in common the potential to carry bacteria causing diseases that pose a serious threat to your family such as Hantavirus and the plague. Also, their feces can get into the air in your home causing asthma symptoms, especially in children.
Not only are rodents harmful to your health, but they are also very destructive houseguests. They chew. A lot! Walls, insulation, boxes in storage, food containers, and wiring are all fair game to nesting rodents. Not only do they pose a threat to family mementos, but these behaviors can lead to costly repairs to the home or can even lead to a fire.
The best way to eliminate this threat is to prevent these rodents from getting into your home or business in the first place. You can help keep rodents out with these few tips. First, make sure that the entrances to the house are well sealed. Fix broken screens, replace torn weather stripping, and seal any spaces around pipes going into the home. Mice need just a quarter of an inch to squeeze through. Then, make sure that if you burn wood that the wood pile is stored well away from your home. Rodents will hide there just waiting for an opportunity and an open door. You will also want to take care of any pipes in your home that might be leaking. Rodents, like all pests, need water to survive.
Rodents are also on the lookout for food. Make sure any pet food, whether inside or out, is picked up and stored at the end of the day. You will also want to make sure that you do not leave people food out either. Use heavy plastic bins to keep cereals and other grains in. Be sure to keep counters free of crumbs and floors swept. Make sure any trash cans have tight lids and remove trash regularly. Dishes should never be left in the sink or on the counters; if you must delay washing the dishes, be sure to soak them in warm, soapy water while they wait.
These simple steps can prevent rodents from being attracted to your doorstep, but sadly, nothing is foolproof. If you suspect that rodents or any other pest has found its way in, call Moyer Pest Control. We can effectively remove the threat from your home. You can prevent these pests from coming back with our Complete Home Guard program. Under this program we will inspect for pests each season and work to eliminate any potential threats to your home. Let our professional pest control team make sure that your family and home stay safe from pests all year-long.