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The Case for Rodent Control During the Winter


-Joey Toth

Rodents, such as mice and rats, can be a nuisance all year round, but they are particularly active during the winter months. As the temperatures drop, rodents seek out warm, safe places to nest, and unfortunately, your home or business may be an attractive option for them. That’s why it’s important to implement ongoing rodent control measures during the winter to keep these pests at bay.

One reason rodents can be a problem during the winter is that they have a knack for finding their way into your home or business through small openings and gaps. They can squeeze through holes as small as a quarter of an inch, which means that even seemingly minor cracks and crevices can be an invitation for them to come inside. Once they’re inside, they can cause all sorts of damage, including gnawing on wiring, insulation, and structural elements, and contaminating food and surfaces with their droppings and urine.

Another reason to be vigilant about rodent control during the winter is that these pests are carriers of a number of diseases, including salmonella and hantavirus. They can transmit these diseases through their droppings, urine, and even their saliva, and if you or someone in your home or business comes into contact with these substances, you could become sick. In addition, mice and rats can also trigger allergic reactions in some people, which can lead to respiratory problems and other health issues.

So, what can you do to prevent rodents from taking up residence in your home or business during the winter? Here are a few tips:

  • Seal up any cracks, gaps, or holes on the exterior of your home or business. Pay particular attention to areas around windows, doors, and utility lines.
  • Keep your property clean and tidy. Rodents are attracted to clutter and debris, so make sure to clean up any piles of leaves, sticks, or other materials that may be providing them with shelter.
  • Keep food and trash stored in airtight containers. Rodents are attracted to the smell of food, so make sure to keep your pantry, cupboards, and trash cans tightly sealed.
  • Use rodent-proof containers for your compost. Compost can be an irresistible food source for rodents, so be sure to use containers with tight-fitting lids to keep them out.
  • Use bait stations and traps to catch and remove any rodents that may have made their way into your home or business.

By following these tips and implementing ongoing rodent control measures, you can help to keep these pests at bay and protect yourself and your loved ones from the potential health risks they pose.

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