Avoid Rodents This Winter
December 6, 2016
Are you interested in securing your home so that rodents can’t make their way into your celebrations this holiday season? You might not know it, but they may already be setting up nests in your home. They are just looking for a little food, some shelter, and a place to breed and raise their young. Your house is the perfect place for them if they can go unnoticed. Rodents are dangerous, though. They can carry bacteria and viruses that can make you and your family very sick. Beware that if they do get in, you need to get them out as soon as possible; and the best way to get them out is with help from Action Pest Control. Our highly trained rodent control specialists can find all the rodent nesting areas in your Terre Haute home, safely and effectively eliminate them, clean up the mess, and give you the tools you need to keep rodents out in the future.
You may want to try to keep rodents out with some DIY ideas. The first of which is keeping wood piles and brush piles at least 20 feet from your home. Rodents tend to build their next in these wood piles, having wood piles close to your home will allow them to quickly invade your home as the temperature continues to drop. Next, you need to securely seal up all points of entry. I know this sounds like a daunting task and it is because mice can get into your home through cracks and holes as small as a dime. You must replace or repair damaged door and window frames, examine vents and pipes closely and repair as needed, and fill in any gaps. You will want to do a similar inspection inside your home to find additional holes, cracks, and gaps that need to be sealed. Keep all food items in your kitchen and pantry in secure, airtight containers and clean up any food spills right away. You don’t want to leave out any little treats to entice rodents to come into your home or around your food.
By this time of the year, it may be too late and you may already be experiencing signs of a rodent infestation. The first and most obvious sign that mice have broke into your home is hearing mice and rats pitter pattering around your home. It’s unsettling to hear their little feet scurrying about and scratching at the walls and ceilings. Not to mention the stress and anxiety you will experience when trying to keep your home safe from a rodent takeover, but the sounds are not the only sign of an infestation. You may have found small, black, rice-shaped fecal droppings in areas around your home such as attic, basement, under sinks, along walls, or in bathrooms and kitchen. There may be nests made of paper, fibers, or other odds and ends in your attic or basement. You could use traps, but there are dangers surrounding the use of them around children and pets; and even if you are fortunate enough to trap some, there are always more that you didn’t trap that are reproducing more quickly than you can keep up with.
So the choice is yours. You can go ahead and try all the DIY tricks and set up the traps only to find that you are stuck in an endless battle with these creatures, or you could save yourself the time and aggravation and call in the experts instead. Our rodent control experts know how to remove mice and rats from your home and keep them out by implementing integrated pest management strategies that work.
Make sure that the only guests in your Terre Haute home during the holidays are the invited ones. Have a happy holiday!
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