Why Infestations Of Mice And Rats Become More Frequent In Homes During The Fall Season
Experts jokingly call it “the fall invasion,” but it feels anything but funny when people begin to spot more and more mice and rats that have found their way inside our homes. During the fall season, those same rodents that were foraging outdoors during the summer start looking for a warm place to settle down before the cold weather takes over. Our homes with convenient central heating and warm fireplaces are the perfect hideaways for rodents during the cold winter months. According to Dion Lerman, who works for the Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program as a local environmental health program specialist, says that mice and rats follow the plumes of warm air that also happen to be carrying scents of the delicious food we are eating straight to our cozy homes. It doesn’t matter how clean your home is or how nice of a neighborhood you live in, rodents will find their way in this fall season. A whopping 85 percent of homes in the country have had issues with mice in the last six months, and the colder it gets, the higher that number is going to climb.
You don’t have to have major cracks for mice and rats to get inside your home, as mice can fit through a dime-sized crack and rats only need a gap the size of a quarter. They will endeavor to stay hidden in places like inside your walls or underneath your floors, but also have a liking for corrugated cardboard boxes that don’t get moved much, such as ones keeping family momentos up in the attic. They are great at hiding from us too, waiting at night until they can hear no more sounds coming from the plumbing system before they emerge from their hiding places to do their mousy thing around your home. They will generally nibble on around 30 different food items throughout the night, with grease left on your stove being a favorite treat. Since they are good at hiding while people are in sight, the best way to tell if one is hanging around is their telltale droppings that they leave behind. Ones from mice are about the size of a grain of rice, while rat droppings look more like raisins that have blunt edges. You can probably imagine the health threat these rodents pose, what with the bacteria and dirt they bring in from outside, as well as everything they spread throughout your home while on their nighttime jaunts. I don’t think I even need to mention their droppings and where those might be ending up. If you spot any droppings around your home, it is time to see about getting rid of those unwanted house guests no matter what time of year it is.
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