As the winter comes, many of us will decide to stay indoors, however, expect to find unwanted guests as rodents also seek refuge in your home. Rodent activity is expected to increase at the start of the winter since these pests are searching for a safe and comfortable place to stay in. Once they get into your home, they may not leave unless you insist on it.
There are several reasons for the increase of rodents during winter in both residential and commercial areas. For instance, a hard frost may cause these mice and rats to sense the minute changes in weather, which will make them search for a safe place to stay in away from the frost. They will use any tools available to them to get away from the danger. They swim very well and are great climbers, so whether you live in an urban or a rural area, rats and mice still pose a threat.
Reasons Why Rodents will Seek Shelter in Your Home
- They cannot find enough food to eat outdoors.
- They cannot find enough water because of the frozen temperature.
- Food thrown in the dumpster area also becomes frozen solid
- They are not able to build a new burrow because of the frost.
Besides shelter, these rodents will make their way into your home because of the availability of food and water your kitchen offers. Mice will search for grains and may even rip bags of rice and cereal in their search. Rats on the other hand, do not have any food preferences, as they will eat anything and everything in their path. These rats will scatter food everywhere and they will nibble anything in their path. It is known that they damage more food than what they can actually consume, which makes them a real pest when they are indoors.
Why We Should Not Allow Rodent Activity this Winter
When rodents become present in your home, expect to find rodent droppings, evidence of nesting, gnaw marks, damaged packaged foods and dry goods, and a musty odor that these rats emit. The damage they can cause indoors can be considerable since these pests can gnaw wires, PVC piping, furniture, bricks and the likes. Rodents can even be blamed for house fires that occur due to chewed electrical wires.
While we enjoy the holiday season, these rodents become unwanted guests in our homes and can pose a great threat to our health. Rodents are known carriers of disease and bacteria that they can transmit through rodent droppings and bites. When they overpopulate, which only takes a couple of weeks, these rodents can become even more dangerous and their feces and urine may be anywhere and everywhere. Rodent droppings can transmit hantavirus, salmonella, and leptospirosis, while their bites can transmit plague, infection, and rat-bite fever.
How to Control Rodents
Seal all cracks and holes. Make sure to seal all cracks at homes before the winter comes. Keep in mind that these rodents can fit through the tiniest holes, so seal all holes you can find.
Keep all pet food sealed in containers. Pet food should be placed in sealed containers, especially if you place them in the garage. If rodents cannot find their food source in your place, they may just skip your house and go to the next one.
Garbage cans should always stay sealed. If the garbage can is inside the garage, make certain that it is always sealed. However, it is better if you place the garbage cans outside the house, and again should always stay sealed so as to not attract rodents and other types of pests.
Garage doors should always stay closed. Having your garage doors closed will help keep rodents away. Also, place screens over vents and chimneys to stop them from getting in.
Horizon Pest Control can help you with your rodent issues. Call us today and ask about our NJ Rodent Control services.