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How to Prevent Rodent Infestations this Fall

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that the Pacific Northwest will experience El Niño/Southern Oscillation weather patterns for the 2012 fall and winter seasons, which will affect Eugene pest control efforts. The abnormal warming of the surface of the Pacific Ocean will reverse the surface air pressure between the western and eastern parts of the ocean, making for a warmer and drier fall and winter.

When it comes to fall pest control, rodents are a big issue for many homeowners. The following is a look at how to work with the weather this season to prevent a rodent infestation.

Rodents, Eugene Pest Control and Weather Patterns

Individuals tend to see more rodent signs in their homes beginning in the fall months as the weather starts to cool. A couple of reasons for this include the heat that homes provide as well as diminishing sources of food outdoors (such as berries, picnic scraps, fruits, vegetables, trash from fairs, etc.). If you didn’t practice good Eugene pest control habits during the summer, the El Niño weather may give you some extra time to make your home unattractive to rodents. However, it’s better to act sooner than later.

Pest Control: Rodent Prevention Tips

Seal the exterior of your home. Rodents can squeeze through cracks that are as small as a ¼ inch. You can prevent such an occurrence by sealing cracks on the exterior walls of your home and repairing or replacing broken window screens.

Mind your woodpile. Keep woodpiles away from your home, dry and elevated off the ground.

Eliminate leaks and standing water. Rodents see such sources of water, both inside and outside a home, as a way to stay hydrated. Fix all leaks and remove sources of standing water.

Keep up on yard maintenance. Keep your lawn trimmed; rake fallen leaves throughout the autumn season; trim tree branches that overhang you home; keep shrubs and bushes well-manicured; and actively weed.

Secure garbage cans. Use lids on all the garbage cans you have outside and in your garage, as well as any that contain food waste.

Clean up food. Never leave food out in the open, and wash dishes as soon as possible. Store pantry foods in lidded glass, metal or hard plastic containers.

Get organized. A tidy home is like a 1-star motel in the eyes of a rodent – undesirable. Avoid collecting piles of papers (like in the garage or attic) and place any seasonal clothes you store (as well as other soft items) in plastic bins with tight-fitting lids.

Call a Eugene pest control expert before there’s an infestation. When you receive a free home inspection, receive personalized tips about potential pest control problems and any areas that need special attention.  

Once rodents move into your home, it’s tough to drive them out. Taking the time practice rodent pest control today can save you money, time and headaches in the future.

[ Photo by: JMacPherson, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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