During the summer, many types of pests are front and center, making them difficult to ignore. Even though many of the summer pests start to fade as temperatures drop, it is important not to let your guard down because winter pests, such as rodents, can cause just as much damage to your house and your family’s health.
Rodents like squirrels, mice and rats tend to head indoors, when given the opportunity, as the temperatures fall. There they happily make themselves at home. While some, like mice, can be cute in a pet store, they are not so adorable inside your house.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, rodents transfer illnesses in several ways through bite wounds, consumption of food and/or water contaminated by droppings, as well as indirectly by ticks, mites and fleas who have bitten an infected rodent.
A homeowner must take some important steps to prevent rodent infestations. First of all, a homeowner must keep living spaces clean. Food droppings and other things that may accumulate in dirty living spaces attract rodents.
A homeowner must take steps to prevent rodent access. When rodents can easily access the living spaces, it can be difficult to keep them out. Make sure to close any possible holes and fill them with steel wool, which rodents like mice and squirrels cannot break through.
Additionally, it is important to search and identify any potential nesting areas for rodents and eliminate them.
It is important to know you may not even see a rodent, just signs they may be nearby. If you find any possible droppings, nesting materials, signs of chewing into food, any holes that may be access entries, you should investigate further.
Taking steps like keeping garbage in tight-fighting garbage pails and removing deep leaf piles and mulch discourages rodents from making their home near yours.
If you suspect a problem, it is important to call your St. Louis pest control experts today. Reevaluate your situation and identify steps to keep your home and family safe.