Keeping Mice and Rats Out of Your Attic This Winter
Are you dreading the sound of mice and rats scurrying around in your attic this winter? Attics are at risk for rodent infestations throughout the year. During the colder winter months, however, these damaging pests tend to invade homes more frequently. This is due to the lack of food outdoors, and the need for shelter, warmth, and water for the survival of growing rodent families.
You may be aware of the many dangers rodents pose. They are known to cause damage to homes and they have the potential cause a variety of illnesses. Not to mention that they also introduce parasites into homes, parasites such as mites, fleas, and ticks.
Damage is caused by their need to chew in order to keep their constantly growing incisors at a reasonable length. So, what does rodent damage look like? Mice and rats can rip and tear cloth furniture and shred fabric in order to build nests. They can also gnaw and claw at other materials such as walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, and personal belongings. Their urine and feces will accumulate and produce horrible odors throughout your home. They also cause a fire or water damage by chewing on electrical wires or plumbing pipes.
Rodent-caused illnesses can be serious. They can be transferred when rodents invade kitchens and pantries, leaving germs on food and surfaces that were carried in on their feet and bodies. They can get into food that is not secure, climb on your dishes and utensils, and contaminate food-preparation surfaces. They can spread hantavirus, tularemia, Salmonella, and other diseases.
To keep mice and rats out of your attic this winter, you will want to make sure you...
- seal off all cracks and crevices leading into your home. Don’t forget utility entrances that include wires, cables, and plumping
- check chimney caps and plumbing mats on the roof
- look for gaps around window and door frames
- take out the trash on a regular basis and keep in containers with tight-fitting lids
- repair faucet and pipe leaks right away
- trim back branches and bushes that are next to your home
- store foods in sturdy air-tight containers
- keep your food-prep surfaces clean
- pick up clutter indoors and outdoors
In the end, you will find that rodents are difficult to keep out of your home and extremely hard to get rid of. That’s why it is so important to seek professional pest control for a rodent invasion. Schendel Pest Services is here to help you keep them from taking over your home. Our year-round residential pest control guarantees that you won’t have to worry about rodents ever again. Contact us today to find out more about the many benefits of our professional rodent treatment at Schendel Pest Services.