As winter looms, Canadians are looking to check some Fall jobs off their lists. It seems that as soon as we take the Halloween decorations down, the Christmas decorations have to go back up! Have you closed the pool for the season? Did you remember to rake the leaves yet? What about rodent proofing your home?
Why do Rodents Try to Get in?
As temperatures begin to drop, Canadians prepare to get cozy indoors for the next few months. The kicker, so are the rodents in your neighbourhood! Places like your garage, attic space and shed give rodents a perfect place to nest over the colder months.
What Issues Can This Cause?
Rodent nests can lead to several serious issues for homeowners and their families. Rodent waste can create a toxic living environment leading to nasty odours and potentially dangerous conditions. According to Simcoe-Muskoka Health, rodent droppings are the primary cause of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, “a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory disease in humans”. To add, rodents are notorious chewers and can cause serious damage by chewing at wood, drywall and worst of all, wires in the home.
What Can Homeowners Themselves do to Protect Their Homes?
As a homeowner there is a list of actions you can take to reduce the likelihood that your home becomes the local neighbourhood hang-out for Mice and Rats!
· Clearing natural debris from the perimeter of your home (Leaf Piles, Firewood, Branches & Mulch Etc.)
· Storing bird seed and other potential food sources sealed indoors
· Keeping garbage in tamper proof containers
· Reduce clutter and keep spaces clean
When is it Time to Call a Pro?
In some cases, rodent issues can persist even after taking the steps listed above. When this happens, hiring a reputable pest control company will be your best bet. Companies like Greeny’s Pest Control can offer unique solutions such as Professional Rodent Exclusion, Baiting and Repellents to ensure your home and business stays pest free.
If you, or someone you know, are looking for a free rodent proofing assessment, please don’t hesitate to contact us on our website or by calling us at (519) 216-2090.
Concrete Slab Exclusionary work by Greeny’s Pest Control.
Search our website. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. (n.d.). Retrieved October 19, 2022, from https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/DiseaseInformation/FactSheetsEH/Hantavirus.aspx