Rodent infestations typically happen during the fall months for several different reasons. Most commonly, because the weather is getting colder and food is becoming sparse and they are looking for warm shelter and something to eat. They are in survival mode during the winter, and your home is usually the best option nearby to seek shelter with a regular food supply. During fall, it’s important to take preventative measures to stop infestations before they even start.
Why Rodent Infestations Are A Problem
This might seem like common knowledge, but many people don’t understand the detriments that a rodent infestation can cause to your family, whether financially or for health reasons. Rodents such as rats and mice can carry several diseases such as salmonella, hantavirus, leptospirosis and more. This is a problem because rodents can camp out in your food, without you even knowing it.
They also can cause costly damage to your home because they tend to chew holes in insulation, and chew on wood and wires. Electrical problems are not an easy fix, and you could be dealing with that if you let the infestation go on long enough without proper treatment.
Tips For Preventing An Infestation
Keep Food In Sealed Containers
Keeping your food and pet’s food in sealed containers is a great way to ensure the rodents stay out. Easy access to food sources is one of the main reasons for a rodent infestation in homes.
Seal Any Cracks Or Holes
Rodents are tricky when it comes to finding entryways into your home. Small rodents can fit into holes that are the size of a dime. Inspecting your home for any possible entry points and sealing them is important for preventing access.
Inspect Packages and Boxes Before Bringing Them Inside
As it gets closer to the holidays, we find ourselves heading out to the garage or shed in search of boxes stored away with decorations inside. We’re also ordering more and more packages to our doors. Be sure to inspect all boxes and packages for any possible rodent nests before bringing them inside. You never know where they could be lurking and hiding.