Summer is here, and, as you are probably aware, that means it’s time to start protecting yourself, your family, and your home from the various flying, stinging, and crawling insects that become plentiful during this time of year; you may not have realized, however, that other pests, specifically of the furry, four-legged variety, may also try to invade your home this summer. The pests that we are referring to are rodents. You may be thinking, “Aren’t rodents just fall/winter pests?” The answer to that question is simply, no. While rodents infest homes more commonly during the colder months, they can cause problems for people and invade homes any time of year, even during the summer season. To help prevent your home from being invaded by rodents this summer, it is important to know what attracts them to our homes, what dangers they are bringing with them, and what you can do to help keep them out of your home.
You may be under the impression that mice and other rodents are happy living outdoors during the summer season due to the warm weather, abundance of food sources, and plenty of lush vegetation for them to hide and nest in. While all these things are true, it is important to remember that, over time, as people have moved into the rodent’s territory, they have come to somewhat rely on people to provide them with their basic needs: food, water, and shelter. This often leads rodents to invade our properties and homes. During the summer season, rodents are attracted to properties that offer them easy access to food; overflowing trash cans, gardens that are full of vegetables, and brimming compost piles can all attract rodents to your yard.
Another reason rodents may choose to live on your property this summer is that your yard provides them with ample sources of shelter. Tree stumps in your backyard, bushes located next to your home, and the woodpile that you are stacking for next winter can all attract rodents to your property. Once rodents are living on your property, it is only a matter of time before they squeeze their way into your home to find more sources of food and water and escape high temperatures or heavy rains. During the winter season, rodents that have found their way inside tend to take up residence in attics and wall voids, where it’s warm. However, those places may become too warm for them to live in during the summer; therefore, in the summertime, it is more common to find rodents living in cooler places, like inside basements and crawl spaces.
No matter what time of year rodents are trying to enter your home, it is imperative that you do everything you can to keep them out. Rodents have no manners and make terrible houseguests. They chew through wires, ducts, pipes, insulation, drywall, and flooring. These chewing habits can cause serious damages and can even lead to fires and water damage. In addition, rodents can destroy personal items like clothing, shoes, boxes, pictures, and furniture. Rodents also carry and transmit a wide variety of bacteria, parasites, and diseases. When they invade homes, rodents spread these bacteria and parasites throughout your home, contaminating your home’s food sources and food preparation areas, as well as other surfaces in your home, which can potentially cause serious health consequences for you and your family.
To keep these damaging and dangerous pests from summering inside of your home, here are a few helpful prevention tips:
- Make sure that outdoor garbage cans are emptied on a regular basis and have locking lids on them.
- Check garden areas daily, removing any vegetables or fruit that have fallen to the ground.
- Keep your lawn maintained and your grass cut short.
- Trim back any trees or bushes from the exterior of your home.
- Remove bird feeders from your property and pick up any uneaten pet food between feedings.
- Inspect your home’s foundation, sealing any cracks or openings found; make sure that exterior doors have door sweeps on them, and caulk any gaps found around windows or doors.
In addition to the prevention tips mentioned above, the professionals at Witt Pest Management recommend implementing a year-round residential pest control plan to keep rodents and other household-invading pests out of your home all year long! Our three TopCare residential pest control programs provide the services needed to get rid of rodents and prevent their return. Don’t ignore the threat of rodents this summer; instead, be proactive against rodents and partner with Witt Pest Management and our rodent control services!