When people hear the phrase “summer pest problems” most think of insects like flies, mosquitoes, and ants, but did you know that rodents are actually a threat for homeowners during the summer season as well? That’s right, rodents aren’t just a fall and winter pest; they will take advantage of any food, water, and shelter that your home and property provide them throughout the year! Don’t let your summer be ruined by rodent problems; instead, learn how to prevent your home and property from being targeted by these furry pests this summer!
You may think that rodents would be happy living outside during the warmer months and have no desire to come inside your home, but the temperatures in our area can get extremely hot, driving rodents into our air-conditioned, temperature-controlled homes that provide shelter from the heat. Once inside, rodents can usually be found living in the attics, but during the summer months, it may become too hot for them to keep living there; however, cool basements and crawl spaces can make the perfect summer home for mice and other rodents.
To help prevent rodents from choosing your home and property to invade this summer, it is important to understand what attracts them to your property. Below is a list of a few things that can attract rodents to properties.
- Unsecured garbage and compost piles
- Fruit trees and vegetable gardens
- Overgrown trees and shrubs
- Woodpiles and other organic debris
- Pet food that is left out between feedings
Once rodents have been attracted to your property, it is only a matter of time before they find an opening in the exterior of your home and enter inside to forage for the food and water sources that our homes provide; this is why it is important to make sure that exterior windows and doors close completely and have functioning screens in them, especially in the summer. A few other things you can do to help prevent rodent infestations include the following:
- Sealing any cracks or openings found in the foundation of your home
- Making sure that chimneys have tight-fitting caps on them
- Repairing any holes found along your homes roof line and replacing any missing or broken roof shingles
- Trimming back overgrown vegetation away from your home
- Removing trash from your home regularly; washing dishes on a daily basis
- Keeping outdoor trash cans a distance away from the exterior of your home and make sure they have locking lids on them
- Keeping your basement and other storage areas in your home free of clutter in order to limit the places that rodents have to hide
Rodents are more than just nuisance pests, and keeping them off of your property, out of your home, and away from your family is important for many different reasons. Rodents leave trails of urine and excrement wherever they travel and will contaminate the surfaces of your home and food sources as they scurry around looking for food. Rodents also transmit serious diseases that can make people very ill, including hantavirus, leptospirosis and lymphocytic diseases, murine typhus, and salmonellosis. In addition, rodents can cause a lot of structural damage, introduce parasites, and create an unpleasant, musty odor inside homes. There are no positives to having rodents living on your property or inside of your home, which is why it important to quickly and completely eliminate rodents from your home.
If you are currently experiencing problems with rodents or would like to prevent problems with these dangerous and destructive pests this upcoming summer, give the rodent control experts at Russell’s Pest Control a call today. At Russell’s Pest Control, we offer ongoing home pest control programs that address rodent concerns and keep these pests and other household invaders away from homes and families throughout the entire year!