Rodents are the most common pests during the fall and winter months. A simple rodent problem can quickly become an infestation due to rodents’ capability of rapidly producing offspring. Mice alone can produce a dozen offspring in less than a month. How can you tell if you have a rodent problem in your home?
- Droppings: along walls, in bags and boxes, and in kitchen cabinets and pantries
- Damaged food packaging: shredded corners of boxes, torn holes in plastic wrapping and packaging, and shredded newspapers
- Gnaw marks: fresh gnaw marks on wood surfaces in your home that may be rough to the touch.
- Noises: scurrying and rustling noises, particularly at night, as this is when rodents tend to be active
Rodents not only cause damage to your home and property, but they can also pose threats to your family’s health. In addition to drywall and wood, rodents will also gnaw through wires, which could potentially cause a fire. If that’s not scary enough, rodents are known to carry diseases such as trichinosis, salmonellosis, plague and jaundice. Rodent droppings can also aggravate asthma and allergies.
What can you do if you spot these signs of a rodent infestation?
- Check your home on a regular basis – use caulk to completely seal any cracks or use steel wool for larger gaps that rodents can use to access your home
- Repair screens and window coverings
- Keep plants, shrubs, and other landscaping trimmed and make sure they are at least 20 inches away from your home and/or foundation
- Call a pest control professional for a thorough inspection and treatment plan