As we draw closer to the arrival of fall, that means we are also drawing closer to rodent invasions and all the problems that come with them! It’s never too early to take precautions to prevent these infestations from taking place. According to the National Pest Management Association, there are over 20 million rodent invasions per year! And the majority of these infestations occur in the fall and winter months when the weather gets colder. Once they invade, rodents can cause an array of issues inside your home including damages to your home and your health. It’s important you understand the impact of rodents as we head into the fall season.
Rodents have powerful incisors that continuously grow and need to chew in order to maintain them. Therefore, these determined creatures can chew their way through wires, cables, wood, and other materials inside your home; anything in their way is liable to be destroyed. The results of their chewing habits include damages to structures, ruined insulation, and fire hazards from frayed wires. Some of these damages are created out of sight and can remain unnoticed for long periods of time. Because of this, it’s important to be watchful for signs of rodent activity. If rodents have taken up residence inside your home, you will likely find gnaw marks inside your home. These gnaw marks can be found just about anywhere in the house. Mice, rats, and other rodents may find their way into your cupboards or pantry while hunting for food. Finding droppings and food packages that have been chewed in these areas are both signs that this has occurred. If rodents get to them, your counters and food supplies can become contaminated. Keep an eye out for these signs in your kitchen, pantry, and food storage areas. Though it is less likely than the signs listed above, it’s possible that you may stumble upon a rodent nest as well. The nests that rodents form can produce a very strong smell as they spend a good amount of time there.
When dealing with rodents, one thing is for sure: prevention is always better than treatment. By preventing them from entering, you will prevent all the damages they cause from taking place! There are a few prevention tips you can do on your own to prevent rodents from taking over your home. Here are some methods you can implement:
- Seal holes and cracks in the exterior of your home
- Seal all trash tightly and take it out on a regular basis
- Store all food in airtight containers
- Clean up any food or drink spills
- Remove water sources from around your home
- Store woodpiles away from your home
Rodents are extremely persistent. If they want in, they are capable of chewing through a lot to get their way. Oftentimes, DIY rodent control measures fail due to this. The use of rodent traps has resulted in many failed rodent exterminations. Mouse traps, for example, are highly misunderstood, and therefore do not produce the wanted results. It’s common for homeowners to place them in the wrong spots or use the wrong bait. However, even if the traps are used correctly, they will not get to the root of the problem. On top of that, mice are smarter and quicker than we think and can learn to avoid traps and stay alert while eating. To read more about why mice traps are ineffective, check out this previous blog!
DIY pest control efforts can prove to be a very daunting task, especially when it comes to controlling rodents. However, turning to a professional pest control company can help to alleviate your frustrations. Contact us at Witt Pest Management today to get the help you need today! We are Pittsburgh's oldest and most advanced pest control company and continue to help protect the area’s residents from pest invasions. Contact us today to learn more about our residential and commercial programs. For top-notch service, you can depend on Witt Pest Management!