Watch for Signs of Rodents This Fall and Winter
As the temperatures drop, rodents like mice and rats search for warm shelter inside of homes. In fact, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) estimates that 45 percent of rodent issues occur in the fall and winter. Not only is a rodent infestation a nuisance, but pests are known to spread a variety of dangerous diseases. Rodents can spread Salmonella, Murine Typhus, Infectious Jaundice, Rat-bite fever, and even the potentially fatal Hantavirus. It's important to know how to spot a rodent infestation and to take necessary steps to avoid the unwanted pests.
Common signs of a rodent infestation include:
- Droppings: Often found near stored food such as kitchen cabinets or pantries.
- Gnaw marks: Rodents are known to chew through walls, wood, and wires. Damage to wiring puts a property at risk of a fire.
- Nests: Usually in dark, secluded areas, where they likely won't be disturbed. Nests are commonly made of shredded paper products, cotton, and other fabrics and packaging materials.
- Rub marks: The rodent's oily fur makes it easy for them to leave dark grease and dirt marks along walls and floorboards as they travel between their nests and food source.
- Strange noises: If you are hearing scurrying in the walls or attic, it's possible a rodent is present, maybe even a rodent family.
If you suspect a rodent infestation in your home, it's best to contact a licensed pest control professional to assess the situation. Contact American Pest today and ask them to come out and inspect your property for any signs. They have been rigorously trained to know the best practices in solving a rodent problem and will take the stress off of you!
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