Pest Control – Rodents
Got rodents? This is the time of year when many creatures normally found outdoors come inside for the winter. They like the warmth and often help themselves to foods stored in our pantry. such as boxes or bags of cornmeal. nuts. cereals. or dry pet food.
These furry little creatures can do a lot more harm than just being a nuisance. They often chew holes through food packages. walls. boxes. furniture and even electric wiring. Several wild rodents that come into homes in the autumn or winter spread strains of Hantavirus that sometimes kill people. The biggest source of this virus is the very wide-spread. yet harmless looking Deer Mouse. Wild and domestic rodents have been reported to harbor and spread as many as 200 human diseases. In many urban and suburban settings, Norway Rats may live mainly outdoors in spring and summer. but come inside in the fall and winter. In warmer coastal and tropical areas. Roof Rats may live mainly outside during wetter seasons and move inside during drier seasons.
House Mice have recently been shown to give off quite a lot of an allergen (called Mouse Urinary Protein. or MUP) in the hundreds of tiny micro-droplets of urine they deposit every night as they travel throughout their territory. They may interrupt our internet access and even start fires by chewing electric wires. National fire protection authorities estimate that more than one fifth of the “fires of unknown origin” in the U.S. are caused by rodents’ gnawing matches or wiring.
We are your pest control experts but there are things that you can do too. You can help prevent these problems by:
Cleaning up thoroughly and often any spilled food, garbage, pet food or grain that might attract rodents. Don’t forget those Fall decorations hung on doors or walls, and don’t leave food or water out in a pet’s dish overnight.
Keep all garbage in tightly-closed. metal cans and keep the cans and area around them clean as well.
Clean up and remove all trash and rubbish especially near your buildings.
Be sure all outside doors, windows and vents fit snugly, with no gaps, and are kept closed, especially at night. A mouse needs only a 3/8-inch crack or hole to get inside.
Seal up any hole or crack in the outside of any building that is big enough for a rodent to enter. Pay special attention to places where wires, pipes, or other utility lines enter a building.
Keep plants and shrubs trimmed back at least 12 inches from the outer surface of any building. These can provide rodents food, shelter, and an easy way up to higher entry points. Rodents climb very well.
In urban settings, trim back or remove any extensive plantings of low-growing shrubs, especially Taxus or Junipers. Norway rats have a strong tendency to establish extensive outdoor burrows under these two types of shrubs.
For all your pest control needs, call us so we can help you detect, survey for and eliminate rodents from your home.