With Weather Getting Colder Pests Are Looking For New Homes
There is no denying it, the weather is changing here in St. Louis, we know it and pests know it as well. These pests will start seeking out warmer places to stay this winter. Rodents like mice and rats are prime examples of pests that seek out warmer shelter during the winter months unless you take preventative measure to keep them out that is.
Let’s face it. You don’t want any rodents gaining entry into your humble abode; but they are searching for the perfect place that provides food, water, and shelter against outside elements like cold weather, rain, snow, and wind - and once they have found that perfect place in your home, why would they want to leave?
You will want them to leave though, that’s for sure. Rodents can spread dangerous bacteria and viruses to humans and other animals. They can multiply very quickly, doubling and tripling in population. They can also cause a lot of damage to your home by chewing everything in sight. Not to mention a chewed up electrical wire could cause a fire that could cause you hundreds of dollars in replacements and repairs – or worse. They also leave droppings around, and when they die, their bodies will be in your home creating a terrible odor as they decay.
Preventing a mouse or rat infestation involves sealing up all possible entry points to your home. They can squeeze into holes or cracks the size of a dime, making it very difficult to keep them out. You should try to seal up all cracks and crevices in and around your home. Fix or replace damaged window and door frames. Inspect vents around your home, as these are common entry points. Make sure you store all food in airtight containers. Clean up spills of any kind immediately. You could try to use traps but they are seldom effective. Outside, you should keep trash, wood and brush piles away from your home. As always, the best solution would be to contact a professional pest control service in your area.
So what if you already have a mouse or rat infestation? Have you found fecal droppings (small rice shaped and black) in your basement or attic, around kitchen and bathroom areas, under sinks and along walls? Maybe you have found rodent nests made out of odds and ends of paper, fiber, and fabric? Have you heard them scratching around and running in your walls and ceilings? If you have, you will need to rid your home of these rodents right away. The best way to accomplish this is to call a professional home pest control service like Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, serving St. Louis, Mid-Missouri and Western Illinois with effective, industry-leading pest control services. We can assist you in eradicating current unwanted pests and/or prevent a future infestation. To keep your home and your family safe from the harmful effects that rodents can cause, give us a call today.