Mice and rodents enjoy the warmth of your home or office during the winter.
The holidays are here and 2015 is just around the corner. That means mice and other rodents are likely going to be enjoying the warmth of your home or office, too.
Mice and other rodent infestations are more prevalent during the winter months as they search for food and shelter in warm locations such as pantries, garages, outbuildings, closets, etc. Unfortunately, they quickly reproduce, and homeowners should address the problem immediately once signs (or sounds) of mice are found. Mice are resourceful pests, and enter homes through the smallest openings or cracks. They can easily fit through spaces as small as a nickel. More than 21 million American homes experience a rodent infestation every winter.
Mice are among the most mischievous on Santa’s Naughty List because of the damage they cause. Of particular concern, mice or other small rodents may cause an electrical fire by gnawing through electrical wires. They also carry bacteria such as salmonella, and can contaminate food, kitchen surfaces and equipment. In New Mexico and parts of West Texas in particular, the risk of Hantavirus from mice droppings is a concern.
Preventing and eliminating rodent infestations doesn’t have to be a major undertaking, and can be as easy as install door sweeps on exterior doors and repairing damaged windows screens.
The Pest Management Association recommends taking the following steps to prevent mice:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
- Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
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