Are you having an unintentional open house for the holidays? If your house has small openings to the great outdoors, even cracks and crevices, insects and larger pests, like rats and mice—could be making their way inside. Rats can squeeze through holes half an inch wide and mice can get through holes one quarter of an inch wide, taking up residence in your attic, in the crawl space under your home, even where the dryer vents to the outside.
Rodents are generally nocturnal animals, with peak activity occurring shortly after dusk and again prior to dawn. Inside occupied structures, they often become active within about 30-60 minutes following the subsiding of evening human activity.
Here are a few important things you need to know about a rodent infestation:
- Rats and mice tend to enter homes in search of food and shelter and will eat any kind of food that people eat
- Rodents can contaminate 10 times as much food as they eat with urine, droppings and hair
- In addition to contaminating your food, rodents are known to carry at least 10 different kinds of diseases, including Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, murine typhus, salmonella, rat-bite fever, bubonic plague and bacterial food poisoning.
Keeping rodents out of your home is the best way to safeguard your health and your property. Contact Massey Services for a free pest prevention inspection and recommendations on how you can help keep rodents out of your home.