Essential Steps for Preventing Fall Rodent Infestations in Telford
October 10, 2018
When it comes to animals, people have a wide range of feelings. Some people treat their pets like children, others cringe at the idea of getting within ten feet of a dog. Some people will pick up a snake without a second thought, others run screaming at the sight of one.
It’s no different when it comes to mice and rats. Some people keep them as pets and think they’re wonderful, others shudder at the thought of purposely bringing one into their home.
Regardless of how you feel about these furry rodents, we can all agree that having uninvited mice or rats in your home is a problem no one wants to deal with.
As the weather cools in Telford, mice and rats are on the move, looking for a warm, safe place in which to survive the winter months. If your home offers shelter and food, you may discover that rodents are taking up residence there. Here are some reasons they shouldn't be allowed to stay:
- They chew constantly. Rodents have incisors that never stop growing, which means they must continually chew in order to keep them a manageable size. While this isn’t a problem when they’re outdoors, as soon as rodents get into your home, they’ll start chewing on your possessions and ruining your property.
- The chewing can be dangerous. Not only will mice and rats chew on your possessions, they’ll also chew on your house itself. They can damage walls or pipes for instance, but the bigger problem comes when they chew on electrical wiring. If this happens, your home can become a fire hazard without you even realizing it.
- They leave behind excrement. Mice and rats leave urine and feces nearly everywhere they go, including on your counters, in your cabinets, and on your food. This waste can contaminate your food, making your family sick.T
- They carry diseases. Rats and mice are known to carry a number of diseases, some potentially fatal, that can be transmitted to humans through bites or waste.
They carry parasites. If rodents enter your home, they’re likely not alone. Mice and rats will probably bring fleas, ticks, and other parasites into your home with them.
You can take steps to prevent rodents from entering your home. The following tips will make it less likely that rodents will choose your house for their winter shelter.
Seal all cracks, holes, and gaps around your foundation, windows, and doors. Mice can fit through an opening the size of a nickel, so be sure to fix even the smallest ones you find.
- Cap chimneys and cover vents.
- Reduce food sources outside your home. Don’t leave pet food outside. Place garbage in tightly sealed containers away from your home.
- Keep moisture under control. Although mice and rats don’t need high humidity to survive, they do need a water source. Make sure your property has good drainage systems, keep gutters clear, and fix leaks immediately.
- Keep foliage cut back away from your home to make access to your roof more difficult.
- Inside, keep food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator.
- Clean spills and messes immediately.
- Keep floors clean and swept.
- Limit clutter to reduce hiding spots.
For the best protection against mice and rats, try Moyer Pest Control’s Complete Home Guard system. We use pest control products that are safe for your family. Our professionals are specially trained and licensed. Don’t risk getting injured or having rodents come back time after time with DIY rodent treatments. Call Moyer today.