We spoke a couple of weeks ago about pest proofing your home for winter. With cooler weather on its way, it’s best to prepare now in order to keep them out.
Rats and mice can cause serious damage to Virginia homes and structures. The damage often includes broken insulation in walls and/or ceiling, electrical wiring gets chewed, holes in drywall and other areas of the home.
Globally rodents spread over 35 diseases. These diseases can be passed on to humans through handling, contact with their feces, urine, saliva or rodent bites. Potential diseases include listeria, leptospirosis, lymphocytic chorio-meningitis and salmonellosis. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread indirectly, through fleas, mites or ticks that have fed on an infected rodent.
The primary strategy for preventing exposure to Virginia rodent diseases is effective rodent control in and around the home and office. The following tips can help deter and stop mice and rats from invading your home and looking for a warm cozy place to spend the winter:
Remove any access to food
- Ensure your garbage is kept in a tight fitted lidded container.
- Store any foods, including pet food in tightly sealed metal or glass container. Avoiding plastic or paper as rodents can easily gnaw into them.
- In outbuildings such as barns, seal rooms where feed is kept or put feed in metal containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Remove outside bird and wildlife feeders. These encourage rats and mice.
- Do not leave any pet food outside for more than an hour. Besides attracting rodents, you are sure to attract other insects.
- Prune shrubs and keeps weeds trimmed back from the foundation.
- Store firewood away from the ground and away from the house.
- Any abandoned furniture you may have in your yard that you’ve been meaning to take to the dump, make a point of going. This is a potential nesting site.
Deterring inside your Virginia home
- Make sure all areas are clean, including out of sight, quiet areas.
- Mop up any spills and crumbs.
- Inspect the exterior of your house for any cracks or openings larger than ¼”. Seal off any areas you find, including cable and piped areas.
- Screen vents and doors, replacing any damage ones in the process.
What about ultrasonic devices – do they work?
Research has been compiled over the years on different ultrasonic devices and if they can deter rodents. Pest professionals on a global scale have failed to embrace ultra sonic devices as they are not cost effective either to use on their own or as a supplement to the management of rodent control. For the do-it-yourself enthusiast we wouldn’t recommend wasting your money, and would suggest you use your money to get a professional pest control company in instead.
Can’t I just use a mouse bait myself?
There has been so much in the news recently about pesticides not being correctly administered that we would not recommend this course of treatment. Not just for mice or rats but any other pest in the home. This is even more so if you have children and pets. Finding and tracking rat and mouse trails is what a pest professional is trained to do and knows what to look out for, as well as administer the treatment in a safe way.
We work with you to ensure your family and home are protected against unwanted pests. If you are a resident in Camden County, Dare County, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, or any of the surrounding areas and think you have rats or mice infesting your home then give us a call at (252) 480-2889 / (252) 453-3693 or (757) 729-1744.