Rodents. Have they moved into your home yet?

Rodents in the ground

While winter often brings with it gloves and scarfs, it also brings something else. Rodents.

During the colder winter months, rodents such as rats and mice are on the move, often into a nice warm home. If homeowners aren’t careful, before you know it, they will be moving into yours and settling in.

The kitchen and bin areas of the home are high value targets for rats and mice, often providing them with warmth, food and water. While it might be great for them, this is not the case for you. Not only do they transmit diseases and can carry in other vermin such as fleas, ticks and lice; they can also be responsible for structural damage, and have even started fires in the home by chewing through electrical wires. These are problems that can go unchecked.

While having just one rodent doesn’t sound like a serious problem, it can soon become a much larger issue. A mouse’s gestation period is about three weeks long. At the end of these three weeks, they can have a litter of 3 to 14 strong. This can occur 5 to 10 times a year, and their breeding cycle is not limited to a certain season, with breeding occurring through the year.

The following steps are recommended to help prevent picking up an unwanted boarder:

  • Seal cracks and install weather strips at the bottom of exterior doors
  • Trim any branches that overhang the home
  • Plant any vegetation at minimum of 12 inches away from the house
  • Keep the interior of the house clean
  • Store all food, pet food and food scraps or garbage properly in sealed containers
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink or pet food out freely overnight

A single mouse in the house can soon become a colony if left unchecked.

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