Monthly Archives: November 2012

Rodents Come “Home To Roost” In The Winter

People are not the only ones concerned with keeping warm this winter. Unfortunately as the temperature drops outside a lot of disease carrying mice and rats try to enter our home, quickly becoming unwelcome holiday house guests.

Rodents aren’t just unpleasant holiday visitors — they also spread disease and can cause serious damage to your home. Mice and rats spread salmonella bacteria and hantavirus, and they can carry other disease-causing pests, such as ticks, fleas and lice. Rodents also like to chew through wood and electrical wires and are responsible for numerous house fires each year. And once they are in your home, the danger and issues can multiply quickly as a female mouse can have as many as 12 babies every three weeks!

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), rodents invade about 21 million homes each winter. In fact, 24 percent of homeowners report mice and rat infestations during the winter months.

It’s much easier to prevent a rodent infestation than to remove them after they’ve turned your home into their new abode. The NPMA provides the following tips to keep mice and rodents out of your home:

  • Secure your home. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent mice and rats from using easy entry ways. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Don’t build rodent attractions near your home. Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground. Keep shrubberies cut back from the house.
  • Make sure your home isn’t rodent-friendly. Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep areas clear, and store boxes off of the floor. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Keep food in rodent-proof containers.

If you suspect you have an infestation schedule an appointment today by contacting us at 800-457-3785. Triple S provide a variety of Pest Control Services and Pest Control Management programs to help with mice, rats and other pests.