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Tips to Prevent Unwanted Tenants – Rats and Mice

As temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall, everyone moves inside to bundle up and keep warm – including rodents. While rodents are active year-round, rats and mice become a more significant problem in winter when cooler temperatures drive them indoors in search of food, water, warmth, and shelter. Rodent problems can quickly become unmanageable and pose numerous threats to your property: they can contaminate and damage food products, cause structural damage, spread disease, and also be the source of reputation damage or unhappy tenants. Here’s what you need to know to help prevent these unwanted tenants this winter.

Why Rodents Are an Issue

Once they’ve identified an opportunity to get in, rodents will move into walls, closets, pantries, linens, and furniture seeking warmth and food. Rodents love to chew wires and build nests in the interiors of buildings, creating real property risk. Any part of the property can be affected, but kitchens and storage areas are often the site of rodent activity. In addition to the risk of property damage, rodents present serious health risks as they can carry a variety of diseases such as the potentially fatal Hantavirus. Rodents may also transport bacteria such as salmonella into your food.

Signs of Rodent Activity

It’s important to know the signs of rodent activity so that you can monitor and remove any invaders before they become a real problem.

How You Can Prevent Rodents

The best way to avoid rodents this season is to take preventive measures to exclude them. When rodents can’t get in, they can’t cause problems.

Rodents are rapid breeders, so a small population can quickly turn into a full-blown infestation if not addressed. If you notice signs of rodent activity, be sure to contact your pest management professional immediately.