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National Pest Management Association declared the third week of October to be a ‘Rodent Association Week as of 2018. They explained that the dates are right when rats and mice become more active as they stock food for the oncoming colder seasons. This awareness duration is not another one we can afford to sweep under the rug.
NPMA seeks to bring awareness to building owners, so they can employ tactics that stop the rodents from causing trouble in the home. Rodent Awareness week is the perfect for seeking professional rodent control in San Diego that will prepare your home for fall and winter.
Why are rodents on the rise during fall?
Animals have a natural sense of the environment, while some cultures state that they have a sense of sensing the future. This notion is especially common in folklore that honored the sensory and navigation skills of animals.
Mice and rats will begin to infiltrate your home, by all means, necessary at the end of summer. The rodents generally seek out warm secluded places they can hibernate as the weather becomes harsher. They will, therefore, use their whiskers to follow heat maps and gnaw through weak walls to gain residence under your roof.
Methods of controlling rodent infestation
Stopping rodents from getting into your home involves several preventive measures. The multi-tactic approach decreases the risk of future infestations because you will be eliminating all access to food, water, and perfect nesting ground.
Droppings, teeth marks, and filth are signs that your home has an existing or previous infestation of rodents. Keep an eye on exposed areas to expose factors that support this evidence.
Rats and mice also tend to shred many different materials, such as clothes, paper, leaves, or wood, as they build a nesting ground. Check for the presence of any of these materials in dark areas such as the attic.
Check for entry points
A convenient way of keeping out rodents is to seal off all entry points. This process is potentially tricky because rodents can squeeze through tiny spaces – a quarter-inch diameter is enough. The most common areas with holes include the following:
- Roofing joints
- Exterior siding
- Sealing deck
- Dryer vent
- Broken windows
- Gaps under the door
Trim the vegetation
Rats and mice are fast expert climbers and jumpers. Trees and vines that are too near to your roof will eventually find a way into your home. You do not have to uproot trees, instead, trim off the tallest branches to be at least ten meters away from your roof.
Exterminate existing rodents
Have you noticed one rodent that has become too familiar? It may be the one single rodent that likes to hide out in your home. A physical trap will work if the rodent does not have an entire lineage within or without your home. Otherwise, you only be dealing with the tip of the iceberg.
A professional pest control company is the best chance of a rodent-free home for weeks and months following the extermination. Use our direct phone number to let us help you schedule a visit and inspection date.