With the temperatures consistently getting colder overnight, you may already be priming your fireplace or heater for use. Unfortunately, you may not be the only one looking for this warmth throughout the fall and winter. It is crucial that homeowners start focusing on rodent control now to ensure their home remains rodent-free this winter.
Why is Rodent Control Necessary?
While some may enjoy having rats or mice as pets, feral rodents are capable of spreading many different diseases. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that rodents are capable of spreading more than 35 different diseases including Hantavirus, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis and, historically, the plague. Any diseases that the rodent is carrying can be spread directly by handling the rodent, coming into contact with feces or urine or getting bit, or indirectly through other vectors such as ticks or fleas that have feasted on the rodent.
How Do I Prevent Rodents from Entering My Home?
To effectively rodent-proof your home, there are several factors that must be taken into account. Removing the conditions that attract rodents to your home and limiting their entry points is critical in preventing rodent infestations. Here are some of the steps you can take now to protect your home from rodents this winter:
- Limit Water and Food – Like all other pests, rodents are attracted to homes that are hospitable to the conditions necessary for life. Unfortunately, this means that homes that have an existing leak or improperly stored foods may increase the likelihood of rodent infestation.
- Limit Entry Points – Even the smallest homes in your foundation, doors or windows can be used by rodents to gain entry into your home. To combat this, seal entryways that can be utilized by rats or mice with caulk.
- Eliminate Outdoor Habitats – Before rodents make their way indoors, they likely will be living in cluttered areas around your home such as woodpiles, storage sheds or similar areas. Focus on keeping these areas clean and away from your home to ensure rodents don’t make their way inside.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.