This fall the decreasing temperatures are leading many different pests to begin searching for shelter indoors. Unfortunately, this means that your home or business may be a target for infestation if the proper treatment and preparation aren’t in place. However, rodents, such as mice and rats, are perhaps the most common unwelcome house guest during the colder months.
The Dangers of Rodent Infestation
Mice and rats are able to thrive inside of your home with little space, quickly reproducing and potentially causing health threats. While these pests are in your home or business, anyone that is inside the structure runs the risk of contracting rodent-borne diseases such as Salmonella or Hantavirus. For this reason, protecting your home or business from rodents this fall is critical.
Between mice and rats, there are at least 25 known diseases that they are capable of transmitting. Unfortunately, you don’t even need to directly come into contact with these pests to contract these diseases. Simply inhaling dried urine or feces, or eating foods that they have come into contact with, is enough to cause ill health effects.
Fall Rodent Proofing Tips
To ensure that your structure doesn’t fall prey to rodent infestation, there are few steps that homeowners or business owners can take to decrease their access. If a mouse or rat is capable of fitting their head through a hole in your home, they can find their way inside. Here are some fall rodent proofing tips you can implement now:
- Seal Cracks – Inspect the outside of your home or business to determine if there are any cracks or crevices that could provide entry into your structure. If found, these entry points should be sealed using approved methods, such as caulking or utilizing steel wool. Any holes around utility pipes that enter the structure should also be sealed.
- Limit Moisture – Much like other pests, rats and mice need water to sustain life. Unfortunately, this means that any leaky pipes or clogged drains could potentially be drawing rodents inside. Any leaking pipes should be fixed to ensure moisture is kept to a minimum.
- Properly Store Foods – Cardboard cereal boxes and pantry items can easily be accessed by mice and rats. For this reason, any food sources that can easily be accessed by these pests should be transferred into airtight containers. This is especially important for restaurants or homes that are prone to rodent infestation.
Pied Piper Services for Commercial Rodent Control
Rodent control for homes or commercial businesses is typically best left to professionals. If you notice any signs of rats or mice in your business, professional pest control services. Contact us today to learn how we can help protect your business from rodent infestations.