Saturday, November 5, 2011

Protecting your home from Pest in Cooler Months

Do you hear a strange rustling?
Smell something musty?

See droppings that don't belong to a  pet?

You might have some "unwanted house guests," an extreme understatement when it comes to the some of the common invaders in the Midwest region-  mice, rats, bats and snakes.
You don't have to open the door to invite rodents, varmints or critters into your home.

Mice can get through a space about the size of a dime. You will need to examine your home closely to defend off these rodents.  Look for open cracks around the home's foundation, then work your way up to the roof top.
"Mice can climb straight up a brick walls, "Look at where power lines or cable lines come into your house and seal with weather proof sealant.
Be sure to check around garage doors as well. If that bottom seal is has cracks, you might want to replace it, Also look at the corner, by the jamb, and make sure that area is sealed. If tightly sealing the area isn't an option, then put steel wool in the area. Mice can't chew through it.

Using bait blocks and traps will assist in the elimination of mice but excluding the from the home is primary.

It's more than just unwanted guests, though. Rodents, such as rats or mice, spread more than several diseases worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The gestation period is about 19–21 days, and they give birth to a litter of 3–14 young (average 6–8). One female can have some 5–10 litters per year, so the mice population can increase very quickly. Breeding occurs throughout the year. . Females reach sexual maturity at about 6 weeks and males at about 8 weeks, but both can breed as early as five weeks.
  Making this an issue that has to be attended to.  If you need any further information please feel free to comment with you questions.

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