As we settle into this most wonderful time of year, that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s also the time of year when you have to be on the lookout for mice. Bringing Christmas decorations down from the attic or up from the basement is a good time to check for signs of a mice infestation.
Here’s what you should be looking for:
As you move boxes from the attic and basement that have been in storage for a year, take a look around for signs of mice or rats. Most people don’t move their Christmas decorations after they’ve been put away until the following year, so it makes the ideal hiding space for mice and rats. Not to mention, many people store their Christmas decorations inside cardboard boxes, which rodents love to chew on, and the decorations themselves may include edible ingredients. As you’re digging out all of your decorations, look for the following tell-tale signs that you have a mouse or rat infestation:
Teeth marks and gnawed holes in cardboard, furniture, or other objects
Sounds of mice or rodents scampering in the walls, behind boxes or in the ceiling
Pets acting unusual - they can often sense mice in the home and may stare or bark at walls, boxes, or ceilings where they hear or smell them
Avoiding Rodents Next Year:
When putting your Christmas decorations away this year, you can take the following steps to prevent them from feasting and living among them:
Store everything inside plastic bins with tightly sealed lids
Dispose of food-based decorations, such as popcorn strands or kids’ ornaments made out of cereal
Store the artificial Christmas tree in a tree bag instead of a cardboard box
How American Pest Can Help
If you have noticed signs of mice or rodents when pulling out your Christmas decorations, or have seen the pests themselves running across your kitchen floor - you should call American Pest for professional pest control solutions. We’ll identify the source of your infestation, eliminate the current infestation, and prevent future infestations from occurring. Mice and other rodents reproduce rapidly and are carriers of disease, so it is always best to get professional solutions when dealing with an infestation rather than trying to do it yourself. Let this Christmas be a joyous time for you and your family, and let the professionals at American Pest handle your pest problems, so you don't have to.