Rodent infestations are always common this time of year in Atlanta. The change in seasons typically drives rats and mice indoors. That paired with the pandemic has caused a surge in residential infestations. When restaurants and bars were put under restrictions to limit operations, rats and mice suddenly found themselves depleted of their normal source of food! This forced them to look elsewhere and to compete for the little resources available. Unfortunately, this has led to a direct increase in infestations. Rodents aren’t just a nuisance—they can be very dangerous if they infest your property. For this reason alone, it’s crucial to learn how to prevent them. This Rodent Awareness Week, Access Exterminator Service Inc. is here to share our top tips to keep rodents out.
Rodent Activity During The Pandemic
The shelter in place shutdowns caused an uptick in residential rodent sightings as rats and mice became more bold in their hunt for resources. This has since caused an uptick in infestations and rodent-spread issues. While their presence may be more prevalent than ever, you thankfully do not need to worry about rodents transmitting COVID-19 to you or your family.
That said, rodents still can spread other diseases including hantavirus, salmonellosis, and many more. They also can cause significant damage to your home. With rodents more aggressive in the current moment, they will not hesitate to make themselves at home in your home in the coming months.
How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation
Rodents can squeeze through the smallest of openings in your home. To keep them out, try the following tips:
- Securely store all food in metal or glass containers with tight fitting lids.
- Clean inside the house and around the garden. Less clutter means less places to hide.
- Put outdoor garbage bags in metal garbage cans with securely fitted lids to stop them feeding from contents.
- Seal off cracks and crevices around openings. Mice can squeeze inside holes the size of a dime.
- Clean up pet food and bird seed debris, and store pet food in robust containers with fitted lids, preferably above ground level.
- If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract them.
- Inspect your garage, attic, crawlspaces, and vents for potential rodent hiding spots.
Need Help With Rodents this Fall?
This year, the last thing you want to deal with is a rat or mouse infestation. The rodent exterminators at Access can help. We will work with you to customize a rodent control plan suited to the unique needs of your property. Contact us today to learn more!
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