Winter: House Hunting Time for Rodents

Insects may be in retreat because of the cold weather, but a larger more intelligent pest is emerging. Rodents, specifically mice and rats, are the next wave of invaders from which you must defend your home. If that doesn’t worry you, realize that, the next time you hear something go bump in the night, it could be rodents in your walls.

Winter isn’t the only time rodents are active. They’ve been busy all summer, but during the colder months, they head indoors in search of two things: shelter and food. But while that may be all they want, it’s not all they bring. In addition to bringing their families and friends (mice and rats travel in groups), rodents can carry fleas and up to thirty-five diseases to which humans – your family and friends – are susceptible. They also bring an increased risk of fire because of their fondness for chewing wires.

Solving a rodent problem might seem as simple as setting a few mousetraps, but being more intelligent than insects, rodents can find ways around traps. In order to avoid being outfoxed, it’s best to take preventative measures. Move woodpiles, which attract mice, away from the home, seal even the smallest of cracks and holes in walls and doors, and keep food in airtight containers.

If despite these efforts, you still discover a rodent infestation, it may be best to leave it to the Masters. Because rodents are carriers of disease and fleas, disturbing their nests can expose you to airborne bacteria and subject you to itchy bites. The experts from Masters Pest Control know how to identify nesting and feeding areas, eliminate infestations, and provide the determined effort often necessary to resolve a rodent problem. Click here to learn more about rodents.