It’s Rodent Awareness Week, which coincides with the time of year we begin to spot these pests in or around our homes more frequently. According to a survey by the National Pest Management Association, rats and mice are the most common winter pests.
With mice capable of producing a dozen offspring in less than a month, a rodent problem can quickly become a serious infestation, so it’s important to know how to recognize the signs of the presence of rodents and what you can do.
Here’s what you need to know about mice and rats, and how to rodent-proof your property.
Signs of rodents in homes
Droppings: This is one of the most common and visible signs of rodents. You will usually see their droppings along walls; in boxes and bags; in kitchen cabinets and pantries; and near where they nest.
Noises: Rodents are particularly active at night as they nest and move around, so that’s when you may hear sounds of them scurrying.
Damaged food packaging: Norway rats may eat through packages of fish, meat, and dry dog food, while mice prefer cereals and seeds.
Gnaw marks: Freshly gnawed areas may be light in color and rough to the touch.
Nests: Rodents may burrow in materials such as insulation in dark, out-of-the-way spots. Be sure to frequently check attics and garages for evidence of an infestation.
Health and property threats
Not only can rodents cause damage, they can even cause harm to you and your family. Mice and rats can gnaw through drywall and wood, as well as through automotive wiring and electrical wiring, which can cause a fire.
Health-wise, rodents can spread a number of diseases, from trichinosis and salmonellosis, to plague and jaundice. Mites, ticks, and fleas that have bitten infected rodents can spread disease directly to humans. Rodents’ droppings and urine are also known to aggravate asthma and allergies.
Rodent prevention measures
The best course of action: Call a professional
With their fast reproduction rates and threats to your property and health, it’s best to contact licensed pest control professionals at the first sign of rodents. Turner Pest Control offers complete services, including identifying entry points, baiting, and trapping. Contact us now for a customized rodent extermination and prevention plan to protect your home and family.