Cold weather will bring pests indoors. During fall and winter rodent infestations are very common in United States.
Rodents are known to spread many diseases such as salmonella and Hantavirus. They can reproduce fast invading your homes and businesses. They can cause severe damage to your property and even be a potential fire hazard as they can chew electric wires.
If you can identify rodents and find their location sooner than later, you can treat them efficiently yourself. #DIYPESTCONTROL
Common Rodents you may come across are:
Roof Rats: Roof rats are black to brown, they like nesting in trees and upper portion of buildings like ceilings. They are about 7 inches in size.
House mice: House mice are grey in color and they like to nest in cluttered areas like garages, behind appliances, closets and attics. They are about 4 inches in size.
Norway Rats: Norway rats are greyish brown in color and they like nesting in borrows and lower portion of building likes basement, sewers. They are about 10 inches in size.
Foul smell, droppings, strange noises, trails of footprints and gnaw marks are main indications you may have Rodents inside your property. Rodents only travel about 25 feet away from their nest. Try finding the nest by inspecting for these signs inside your house.
To help protect against threats from Rodents, NPMA recommends the following tips:
- Insert door sweeps and repair damaged screens
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry
- Repair leaking pipes and clogged drains
- Inspect all packaging for damage before bringing into the home
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the home
For Rodent DIYPESTCONTROL during colder months, Pest Control Products Depot recommends:
Catchmaster 48 WRG Cold Temperature Glue Board Trap
Glue board designed to control rodent problems in cold weather. Provides excellent catch ability down to 30 degrees F. Simply place the Trapper Glue Board along a wall or other rodent runway. Rats and mice will run right into it and stick to the thick glue surface.
Glue traps should never be placed in areas where children or pets may come in contact. In the event of child, pet (or adult) becoming affixed to a glue trap, vegetable-cooking oil will separate the glue from the person or pet.
For best results, place Catchmaster 48 WRG Cold Temperature Glue board Trap directly in the rodent’s runway between its nest and food supply — every 8 to 12 feet (2.4 to 3.6m) for mice and 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9m) for rats.