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Education and Prevention Tips as Peak Rodent Season Begins

Posted on 25 October 2011 by Jason

It’s that time of year again when hairy critters begin looking for a home to check into for the winter. Since autumn marks the onset of peak rodent season, it’s the ideal time to be informed on the many dangers of rodents.
As it begins to get colder in the autumn, rain/snow disrupts the rodent’s natural environment, forcing it to seek shelter and food indoors. This puts humans at greater risk of coming in contact with the diseases they carry, such as Salmonella, Trichinosis, Leptospirosis, and the potentially deadly rodent-borne Hantavirus.
Mice and rats are not only a nuisance; they can be very destructive, too. At least 5 percent of all fires deemed “undetermined origin” is believed to be caused by rodents that have gnawed through electrical wiring.
One prevention tip to help deter rodents from coming indoors is to seal up potential entrances to your home. Using sheet metal, steel wool or concrete, seal up any holes larger than one-quarter inch in diameter. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime. Also, keep high-risk areas, such as garages, attics and storage areas, free of accumulated litter and garbage. Rodents are attracted to undisturbed areas in and around stored objects. Keep all food, including pet food, in metal or thick plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.

Call NW All Natural Pest Elimination to schedule an appointment today 503.703.3618, jfimple@nobuggy.com.

 

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