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Invasion of the Mice

Time to bring out your heavy jackets... and mouse traps!

“Mouse!” is a common cry heard in most households during the frigid winter months. As the temperature drops, mice head indoors to search for food and shelter. Don’t let your home be the new place of residence for these furry little rodents this winter. We at RCM Heating and Cooling, Inc. believe it’s best to rodent-proof your home in autumn!

Have you ever had a rodent issue in your home, especially during the winter months? Chances are you found these pesky rodents or they have gone unnoticed in the early autumn months. Each winter mice invade approximately 21 million homes in the United States. Infestation of your home is quite simple for these rodents because they can squeeze into openings the size of a dime or even as small as pencil eraser! Mice can also chew through wood, PVC piping, furniture and electrical wires, causing unwanted damage and possible fires in your home.

One of the main reasons rodents enter the home is due to the abundance of food. According to Pest World, 50% of infestations occur in the kitchen alone. Rodents will eat just about anything, making little food edible after a rodent infestation due to contamination. With that being said, the greatest threat we face as humans having these rodents infest our home is the contact with disease and bacteria transmitted through rodent droppings and bites. Exposure to fecal droppings and urine can trigger allergies and asthma attacks and can cause serious illness such as Hantavirus, salmonella and leptospirosis. Rodents also carry disease-causing parasites including ticks, fleas and lice.

So how can we keep rodents out this winter? Here’s how to rodent-proof your home:

  • Seal cracks and holes outside of the home with caulk, especially where utility pipes enter the home;

  • Fill larger openings with steel wool, impossible for rodents to chew through;

  • Eliminate sources of moisture, including leaky pipes and clogged drains;

  • Keep food, including pet food in rodent-proof containers;

  • Call a professional early during any concern of infestation;
If your home is already infested with rodents, good news is, you can take your home back! Placing bait boxes and traps near rodent activity, along walls and in corners of your home. Bait Boxes and traps contain a poisonous rodenticide that kills the rodent within a day or two. Keep these bait boxes out of reach of children and pets. You can contact your local pest control for information regarding traditional traps or no-kill methods.

Be prepared this winter and keep your home safe, warm and rodent-free!