Rodent Awareness Week 2017 is being celebrated from October 22nd thru October 28th. It is a week that is dedicated to informing both home and business owners just how dangerous rodent infestations can be. Many think of a rodent infestation as just a nuisance, but in reality, they are a very dangerous pest. Along with using their sharp front incisors to chew through and damage personal property and the structure of your home or business, rodents pose serious health risks to people. Rodents are known to carry and spread bacteria and diseases that include salmonella, murine typhus, and the very serious and the potentially life-threatening hantavirus.
Rodent Awareness Week is celebrated at the perfect time of year, right in the middle of the fall season. The weather is starting to cool and rodents like mice and rats are starting to worry about where they are going to spend the winter. As a property owner, residential or commercial, now is the time to take the necessary steps to prevent rodents from gaining entrance into your structure. If proper precautions are not taken, you may find yourself spending your winter in the company of annoying, dangerous, damaging, and disease spreading rodents.
To prevent rodents from being attracted to your property and wanting to use it as their winter retreat the best advice we can give is to inspect the exterior of your property, looking for and sealing off any possible entry points. Rodents can squeeze their way through a hole or space that is the diameter of a dime or pencil. Inspect your structure’s foundation, exterior walls, roofline and utility entrance points for holes, gaps, or cracks sealing any that you find. Look at all windows making sure that they seal properly and that and spaces found around them are caulked. Examine all exterior doors and make sure that the weather stripping around them is intact, door sweeps are in place, and that any gaps around them are caulked. Make sure that all chimneys are capped and that vents have secure mesh covers placed over them. It is also very important to trim back trees and shrubs from the exterior of your structure to ensure that they can’t use their branches to gain easy access inside of your home.
Despite your best efforts to keep rodents out of your residential or commercial property, it is important to know that rodents are crafty critters and have the ability to break even the most secure of barriers. If you start to notice the following signs in your home or business there is a very good chance that rodents have found their way inside. Common signs of a rodent infestation include:
Finding rodent droppings along the edges of floors, in drawers, in cabinets, under sinks, in pantries, or in basement or attic areas.
Noticing gnaw marks on structural elements of your property or on personal belongings.
Hearing them. If rodents are in your property you will hear scratching or scurrying sounds above ceilings or behind walls, especially at night when they are most active.
Finding chew marks on food packages.
Finding rodents nests made of shredded paper, fabric, and other materials in secluded areas that are close to food sources.
This fall or winter if you start to notice the above signs of rodents living in your home or business, reach out to the rodent control professionals found at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. We can provide you with the professional rodent control services needed to eliminate rodents and keep them out for good. In residential properties, we can keep rodents out of your home year-round through our Signature Protection program or through our targeted Rodent Exclusion services. Rottler’s pest professional can also protect businesses from rodents and the damages that they can cause through our comprehensive and highly effective commercial pest control services. To schedule a free inspection for your home or business and guarantee a rodent free property, contact us today at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions!