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When you picture a perfect Thanksgiving scene, what do you imagine - A giant succulent turkey, pilgrim hats, colorful leaves and other decorations made by children? Do you envision scenes of Pilgrims and Native Americans gathering together for a feast? There are a lot of things that go with Thanksgiving: potatoes, gravy, squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, carrots, pies, cakes, cookies, rodents...wait, what? You don't think rodents are part of a perfect Thanksgiving scene? Rodents have been a part of Thanksgiving feasts since probably the beginning. You just don't see them. These are skittish creatures that avoid humans and usually come out at night when things are quiet to steal your leftovers out of the trash or snack on crumbs left on floors and counters. Though those rats and mice didn't show up to your Thanksgiving feast, they might still be taking part in the festivities by leaving harmful bacteria and diseases in your food.

The problem with rodents is that when they chew their way into our homes, they don't stay inside our homes. They come and go as they please. These creatures are notorious for rummaging through trash cans and dumpsters, compost piles, and other nasty places. If they are getting into your home and roaming around at night and walking on counters, just imagine where those little feet have been. When rodents invade a home, there is always a risk that those rodents will spread illnesses with unpleasant names like hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, leptospirosis, plague, rat-bite fever, Salmonellosis and tularemia, as they forage for the crumbs left behind by Thanksgiving cooking.

If you notice signs of rodents, such as small holes in your baseboards, gnaw marks on wood, sounds coming from the attic or wall voids (especially at bedtime), or droppings in the backs of drawers, there are some things you can do to try to eradicate them from your home:

  • Use baits or traps to catch and dispose of rodents.

  • Seal up all food sources in the refrigerator or in hard plastic containers.

  • Only put pet food down at mealtimes.

  • Keep things clean.

  • Leave dirty dishes in a sink of soapy water, rather than in a dry stack next to the sink.Do a thorough search of your home, inside and out, and seal up any holes or cracks where rodents may be entering. Be sure to look in hard-to-see places like under your deck or patio. It is sometimes necessary to pull up a board or two and look underneath with a flashlight.

While do-it-yourself rodent exclusion techniques can resist rodents, fully excluding these pests and protecting your family from rodent-related illness requires the specialized knowledge and experience only a professional pest controller has. When you want to be absolutely sure that all rodents have been eliminated and sealed out of your home, calling in the professionals is the only way to go. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we have the experience and expertise to take care of your rodent problem. And, when you have a Rottler expert take care of those rodents, you have one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.


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