Autumn is here in the Tri-State area with some pests disappearing for hibernation, but others are just starting to increase their activity. Rodents are looking for food, shelter, and warmth – things that make your home the ideal place for them! With the Holiday season approaching, Tri-State families can enjoy their homes in peace with proper rodent pest control preparations.
During the winter, rodents are seen searching for shelter and food while avoiding predators. Once they get inside your home, these pests burrow away in dark spaces like wall voids or attics. To learn more about these pests and their habits, click here.
Rodents are known to carry over 35 diseases that are harmful to humans and pets. In addition to disease, rodents like rats bring with them other pests such as fleas, ticks, or even mosquitoes. Their nests and droppings also contain airborne bacteria that can potentially cause breathing problems for your family.
That’s just the beginning of the threats these pests pose in and around your home. Food contamination often follows them, and rodents will also gnaw on anything from insulation to electrical wiring, making them a fire hazard. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates rodents or feline pets are responsible for roughly 20 percent of all house fires with unknown causes in the United States every year.
Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take towards protecting your property from rodent infestation. Start by inspecting walls for any openings or cracks, which require immediate sealing. Remember, all it takes is a whole the size of a dime for a mouse to get in, and a whole the size of a quarter for a rat.
This is also the time to make sure any food is stored in airtight containers, clean up excessive yard debris where rodents can hide, and try to avoid clutter conditions within the structure. Rodent traps can be useful, but rats are smart enough to avoid them. Rats are neophobic, meaning they will often avoid new things like snap traps placed in their environment, mice are less neophobic. Click here to view the CDC’s strategies for deterring rodents.
You should call your Tri-State pest control experts when you notice rats or other rodents around your home. Rats and mice reproduce quickly, turning your rodent issue into a full-blown infestation. Our team is always available for inspection and consultation if you suspect a rodent problem. Rodents can be a very challenging pest to control. Because they can rebound so quickly, rodent control often requires a determined and sustained effort.
The holidays are a season for spending time with your family, not stressing over a nuisance. The experts at Masters Pest Control are experienced in finding nesting and feeding areas, eliminating infestations, and properly cleaning up once the problem has been resolved. You can get started by requesting a quote or calling us today at 877-546-9575.