Helpful Fall Tips For Rodent Control
We at Viking know all too well, that colder weather means one of the most problematic household pests – the rodent – will infest homes and businesses this fall and winter.
“Research indicates that nearly a third of Americans have had a rodent problem in the home.” Many times rodent go unnoticed by homeowners and businesses as they set up in attics, crawl spaces and other areas where they may not be seen for quite some time.
With cooler temperatures already hitting parts of the U.S. mice and rats will start seeking the shelter and warmth of our homes and businesses.
Viking can assist you in rodent-proofing your home or business now to stave off an invasion in the coming months.
The speed with which rodents reproduce, coupled with the fact that they can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime should be of major concern for every homeowner during the colder months,
Surveys of consumers find that nearly one-third experienced a rodent infestation, with more than half reporting the infestation occurred in the kitchen. Considering mice urinate constantly, the thought of them contaminating kitchen and food surfaces alone should spur every homeowner to conduct a thorough inspection in and around their house- especially to help prevent food-borne illnesses including Salmonella.
Be on the lookout for droppings, gnaw marks on food items and wooden surfaces such as door corners, and to listen for scratching or scurrying sounds in the walls, attic or other crawlspaces. We also recommend the following rodent-proofing tips:
Secure the outside.
Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, paying special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
Play keep away.
Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground. Keep shrubbery and tree branches cut back from the house.
Don’t roll out the red carpet.
Keep basements and attics clear and store boxes off of the floor. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Keep food in rodent-proof containers.
Rodents breed rather quickly. If you suspect an infestation, contact Viking Pest at 800-618-2847 (BUGS) to help access, address and eliminate a rodent problem before it gets out of hand.