No Matter the Season, Rodents Find a Reason to Come Indoors
With high heating bills and snow to shovel, homeowners have plenty to worry about in the winter months. Yet winter brings one more concern that most homeowners rarely consider—that is until it becomes a problem. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), winter is a prime season for rodent infestations with 24 percent of homeowners reporting mice infestations specifically in the winter.
Rodent infestations can be more than just an annoyance. Rats and mice bring other pests, such as fleas, mites, ticks, and lice indoors, which can quickly spread throughout homes. More, these rodents can contaminate food sources with feces that can spread salmonella and hantavirus.
In addition to health problems, rats and mice can also cause structural damage to homes. Rodents are known to bite through walls, wood, and wires, and the damage to wiring within walls can cause house fires. It is estimated a staggering 20 percent of house fires with unknown origin may be caused by rodents! Add that to the 39 percent of known fires started with exposed electrical wires arching (most of which were chewed by rodents) and you have a very destructive and potentially dangerous pest. Additionally, rats and mice have the potential to breed up to a dozen babies every 3-6 weeks, which makes it important to take steps to prevent them from entering your home before a major infestation can develop.
- Complete a full home assessment to identify all areas of concern and provide a plan customized to your unique situation.
- Complete any agreed-upon exclusion found during assessment.
- Trap any rodents that may be inside when exclusion is completed.
- Install bait stations and carry out any agreed upon baiting program.
- Continually monitor structure and property, notifying you of any changes or new conducive conditions.