Rats! Winter Brings its own Pest Control Challenges

Fall and Winter months bring along festive colors and holiday cheer, but also the most rodent infestations. An estimated 28% of homes in the western U.S. will encounter a rodent problem.

Mice and rats are more than just food-nibblers. They carry diseases and can ruin property and electrical wiring. Given their short reproduction cycles, a seemingly minor issue can turn into a major problem if left untreated.


Why so much activity in winter?

Mice and rats seek shelter from the cold. Unfortunately that often means unwanted tenancy in your home or office. Serving an eviction notice is sometimes harder than anticipated without professional help, as mice can squeeze through holes smaller than a dime and hiding spaces are plentiful for small critters.

Given their small size, it’s also incredibly easy for mice to invade most homes. Loose paneling, chipped wood or siding, and doors left ajar can lead to quick, unwanted entrances and escapes.

Rats and mice must eat constantly given their metabolism, and easy access to food is another reason they seek shelter within human proximity. Nearly 50% of all rodent infestations are in the kitchen.


How do I fix my rodent problem?

You should always consult a professional for a thorough pest assessment, but there are options to remove rodents on your own. Traps, both lethal and nonlethal, can be effective with the right bait and preparation.

Spring-loaded mouse and rat traps loaded with a proper bait (peanut butter, for example), can be a viable solution for small numbers. The problem with these traps is that a human scent can often deter rodents from approaching the traps. For every mouse or rat you snag, there are likely others hiding in the shadows.

The only true way to secure your home is to eliminate the current threat with a series of treatments, and prevent future exposure with proper perimeter control and maintenance. Once your home is clear of rodents, you must ensure no others can find their way inside. A licensed professional can help by identifying structural weaknesses.

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