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Rodents Seeking Winter Shelter

December 4th, 2015

Rodents Seeking Winter Shelter

With cooler temperatures creeping in, rodents may also be creeping in… Cooler temperatures mean that rodents will begin seeking shelter, which unfortunately ends up being in people’s homes.

Each winter, rodents invade an estimated 21 million U.S. homes, bringing with them threats to human health and property, Rodents are most likely to cause problems in the Chicago area this time of year, so it’s important for homeowners to take steps to keep them out before they become an issue.

Mice and rate can also spear of array of diseases such as;

  • Salmonella
  • Murine Typhus
  • Infectious Jaundice
  • Rat-Bite Fever

 

Rodents are unfortunately are also capable of chewing through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires.

The  National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following rodent prevention tips:

• 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.

• Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages for evidence of rodents before bringing them indoors.

• Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.

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