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Don't Let Your Home Bea Warm Respite for Rodents

A rodent
When the weather turns cooler, pests like rodents look for a warm place to move in and curl up, and your home can offer a perfect respite from the cold. Unfortunately, rodents seeking shelter in your home can easily turn into an infestation in a short amount of time. Take some tips to prevent your home from being infested by mice this winter.

Why Are Rodents a Problem?

Rodents are a problem for many reasons. Rodents carry disease through their bacterial saliva and parasites. In fact, rats carry diseases like salmonella, which can be transmitted through their urine and feces to the humans living in the house. Mice and rats will also bite you or others living in the home in some instances, which can transmit diseases or other harmful bacteria.

Not only are rodents a health risk, but they are simply dirty and greasy and can leave a trail of grime along the walls of your home over time. Mice are especially difficult and harmful to your home because they multiply quickly. A female mouse commonly has 30 babies per year.

How to Prevent an Infestation

It is much easier to prevent access to your home than it is to get rid of a serious rodent infestation. Winter is when rodents are nesting and getting ready to reproduce, so you should take some tips to prevent your home from being infested by mice this season.

Don't Let Them In 

Keep rodents out of your home in the first place by sealing cracks, filling gaps, and repairing any holes in the foundation, roof, or eaves of your home. Keeping rodents out is easier than getting rid of them once they have moved in. Remember that mice are crafty and can enter through tiny crevices only an inch wide.

Don't Give Them a Place to Nest

Clear and clean debris like trash, cardboard boxes, packing materials, and piles of clothing or bedding that rodents might chew up for nests.

Keep the Food Away

When mice come into your home, they are typically seeking food. Discourage rodents by eliminating any and all potential food sources in your home. For example, keep your trash cans covered with tight-fitting lids and pick up your pet's food and water dishes between meals and at night. Also, keep food crumbs and particles off the counters, appliances, and floor of your kitchen to fend off hungry pests.

Look and Listen for the Signs

Learn the signs of a pest problem so you can act quickly to prevent an infestation. If you hear noises at night, find piles of nest materials, see grime along the walls, or find excrement in the home, you likely have a rodent issue. If you see a mouse or rat, particularly during the daytime, call an exterminator.

Use Aromatherapy to Turn Rodents Away

Try aromatherapy to rid your home of rodents. Saturate cotton pads or rags with peppermint essential oil. Place these in the corners of your rooms, under beds, behind appliances, and in spots where rodents may pass through. Also, use steel-wool to fill in any cracks that you notice inside or that could be a route for rodents in your home

Foster a Barn Cat

Cats are excellent hunters and perfect for keeping rodents away and at bay around the home. Talk to local shelters about adopting or fostering a barn cat. This is basically a cat that has a predisposition to hunting and that may help with the rodent issue. Learn more by contacting your local humane society.

There is a sense of urgency when it comes to dealing with mice and possible infestations. The best approach to prevent a problem is to contact a professional exterminator at the first signs of trouble - or the first sighting of a rodent.

Is your home a warm respite for rodents? Eliminate the possibility of mice moving in with these tips today. Contact Aardvark Pest Control in Jackson for help in preventing or addressing an infestation in your home this winter.