Despite the common perception, the winter does not offer respite from the affects of pests. Just as we prefer to stay indoors for warmth, the cold conditions ensure that a huge variety of pests do just the same as the move towards somewhere warmer and with an easy to access supply of food.
This problem is only made worse by the fact that during previous years when snowfall disrupts rubbish collections, winter rodent problems have gone off the charts through many areas of the country.
Whilst our crystal ball does not tell us exactly how bad this winter will be, it does tell us that taking some steps can make your home safer.
Nobody wants unwanted guests at the best of times but at least with humans, when we ask them to leave, they generally do. Unfortunately, pests are not quite so well house trained.
Rodents are widely acknowledged to carry a host of nasty diseases if they are allowed to contaminate food. A kitchen infestation is a severe health risk as rats can carry diseases such as; Salmonella, Hantavirus and Leptospirosis, all of which carry quite horrible side effects and in the worst cases, they can even be fatal.
Beyond rodents, other pests will often appear in homes more in the winter. This includes, spiders, ants and cockroaches. The size of insects makes them more challenging to expel. However, as long as you take the necessary precautions, rodent and pest infestation can often be avoided.
Keeping the Unwanted Guests Out
- Check the seals around window frames and doors leading to the outside. Rodents are the Houdini of the pest world and can squeeze through seemingly impossible gaps.
- Any loose mortar around the foundation of a building must be sorted as this is viewed as an open invitation by rodents.
- Check openings formed around pipes that enter the home. Particularly kitchen gas-lines.
- Loose debris and shrubbery can look like an appealing nest location for mice, so make sure all shrubbery is kept short to expose any rodent nests and all firewood must be stored at least 20 feet from a home, and preferably off the ground.
Signs of rat activity can take many different forms and can include well marked travelling routes, gnawing marks and greasy smears left on walls pipes and around floor joists, against which they habitually brush. They are notoriously cautious with new objects and food sources.
Approximately 50-70% of rats are believed to carry Leptospirosis which leads to the potentially fatal Weil’s disease in humans. Rats carry parasitic and food poisoning organisms such as Salmonella. Disease transmission is via infection of foodstuffs and water supply.
Effective Control of Rats
Successful control of rats requires planning followed by a extensive and thorough treatment by a professional pest control company. To eradicate this persistent pest requires a close understanding of its biology, lifestyle and habits. Integrated Pest Management has that expertise and years of practical field experience We know exactly which products to use, when to use them and where.
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