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Rodent Pest Management: Tips for the Cooler Seasons

Rat One of the most dangerous things that an individual can assume in regards to rodent pest control is that a rodent infestation won’t affect their home. According to Oregon rodent control experts, rodents infest about 21 million homes each year in the U.S. The issue is most prominent during the fall and winter months because the cold weather prompts these pests to seek warmer nesting sites—and your home looks pretty comfy.

Small Creatures, Big Problems

In addition to making noise in your walls and nibbling on your pantry items, rodents pose serious health risks. Their fur, dander, urine, saliva and feces can trigger allergic reactions and spread diseases such as salmonella, Leptospirosis, the plague, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM) and Hantavirus. Their presence makes any area immediately unsanitary. And, if you don’t tend to the problem quickly with the help of an Oregon or Washington rodent control specialist, a couple of critters will soon multiply into a costly infestation.

Rodent Pest Control Tips

Prevention is always simpler and more cost effective than dealing with an infestation. To help keep your home rodent-free this fall and winter:

  • Keep your garden and landscape manicured. Rodents love to hide in tall grass, fallen leaves and overgrown bushes. They’ll even nibble at garden goodies that are overripe. Keep your landscaping attractive to deter rodents.
  • Seal holes and cracks on the exterior of your home that are as small as a ¼-inch. Don’t forget to seal the cracks where pipes, utilities and vents enter the home.
  • Inspect your home for loose weather stripping and mortar, and make repairs as needed.
  • Screen chimney openings and vents around your home.
  • Avoid leaving pet food out in the open overnight.
  • Use containers with tight-fitting lids to store pantry items and pet food.
  • Put away leftover food and do the dishes after each meal.
  • Avoid placing bird feeders near your home. Similarly, use a feeder that catches the seeds and bits that birds drop.
  • Keep woodpiles away from your home, off the ground and protected from the rain.
  • Clean your grill after it cools when you use it to cook a meal.
  • Always use lids on your outside garbage cans.
  • Inspect boxes and used furniture for signs of rodents (i.e., gnaw marks) before bringing them inside your home.

If you discover a rodent infestation in your home or suspect that you may have one, immediately call Eden Pest. Because of the diseases that rodents may carry, it’s best to leave the pest control and clean-up to a licensed professional. When you work with Eden, a technician will inspect your property to determine the extent of your infestation and recommend an action plan.

Call Eden Pest today and let us know how we can help you with your pest problems.

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