A Nice Warm Place to Overwinter
As the weather cools down, your likely going to have some unwanted pest guests. Fall pests looking to survive the cold may try to over-Winter in your home. Among your visitors you may have the Norway rat, roof rat, or the house mouse. They have been associated with humans and our environment for thousands of years. They eat the same food we do, they see and remember objects and events. They learn from past experiences, and adapt to changing conditions. Rodents like these are smart.
Fall pests over-Wintering in your home can bring problems with them. Some bring disease and some may do damage to your property. Homeowners complain about gnawed holes, chewed electrical lines, keeping them awake at night, damaged furniture, and damaged food packaging thus causing spoilage are common.
Fall Pests and Salmonella
During their foraging and travels they can be exposed to germs, bacteria and pathogenic organisms and under certain conditions, they can transfer these organisms to people or indoor surfaces. Rats live in sewers and eat garbage where they sometimes come in contact Salmonella. Later they spread these bacteria in their feces.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , infection with hantavirus can progress to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), which can be fatal. People become infected through contact with hantavirus-infected rodents or their urine and droppings. Deer mice, cotton rats and rice rats are considered the primary carrier of this virus in the Southeast. The white-footed mouse is the main carrier in the Northeast. States with the highest occurrences of this virus are, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah.
Stop Fall Pests Before They Come Inside
Examine the exterior perimeter of your structure. Make your inspection for signs of pests before leaves fall and snow covers the ground. Examine the exterior of your home for noticeable cracks or holes that will allow Fall pests seeking shelter to enter. Look for borrow holes in the ground near your foundation and under your porches or decks. Trim tree limbs and branches to insure that if an insect or an animal was going to reach your roof, it isn’t going to be easy.
Clean up the clutter in your garage and sheds and check for pest entrance points and fix them if necessary. If you have garage door casing that are already damaged you can fix them quickly with Garage Door Rodent Guard. This will keep smal rodents out and it’s an easy fix. For larger holes use a very good rodent patching material like this stainless steel mesh fabric called Xcluder.
Fall pests activity will come from mice, rats, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, roaches, and other minor players. Get your home ready to keep them out.
*William H Robinson, The Service Technicians Field Manual, 2011; Mr. Robinson is also the Technical Director, B&G Equipment Co.