October 22 – 28 is National Rodent Awareness Week.
To make you more aware, Ehrlich wants to help you understand how these home-invading pests think and provide you with tips to outsmart them that can protect your home and family.
Download our new Rodent Prevention Tips Sheet to learn:
- Facts about mice and rats and how they enter your home
- The 3 most common house-infesting rodents in the U.S.
- Diseases, pathogens, and health risks associated with rats and mice in North America
- Simple steps that you can take to stop mice and rats from getting into your house
Often, taking measures to keep mice and rats out of your home can also help realize improvements in energy savings as well.
For example, doing a check of your insulation in attic areas on an annual basis can ensure that rodents aren’t running amok in your storage space and that your home isn’t losing heating or cooling efficiency.
If you are an Ehrlich pestfree365 customer, your Specialist will conduct a full Winter Check evaluation of your home at your fall or winter service visit. This check includes a detailed review of spots in your home that are common rodent entry points or risk areas.
This valuable service gives you peace of mind that your home is secure. If your Specialist identifies a potential problem or rodent entry point, he or she will provide you with recommendations for correcting the issue and offer to assist with any needed exclusion services.
Here are some other facts about rodents that you may not know and that can be useful in keeping your home and family protected:
- In addition to food, mice will look for nesting materials in your home – that means that paper, fabrics, or other materials could become a target for these pests.
- Mice can breed year-round. Under ideal conditions, a female house mouse can produce as many as 60 offspring in a year.
- Rodent droppings and urine can contain pathogens that can become dangerous when contacted or when they become airborne. Use a face mask or respirator when cleaning out areas that you know have had mice or rat activity or that have been closed for periods of time – garages, cottages and mountain homes, campers, sheds, etc.
- Ticks and fleas and other parasites feed on rats and mice, bringing additional dangers to your yard or house. Both ticks and fleas can spread dangerous diseases of their own.
- Rats’ teeth are incredibly strong. The enamel is hard, measuring 5.5 on Mohs hardness scale – that’s harder than iron! That means they can chew through many common substances.
- A healthy female rat can produce up to 6 litters per year of 6-12 young, or pups, each. That’s a lot of rats!
- Rats have oily coats – and that can give them away. Because rats prefer to run along the same pathways in straight lines, they often leave behind tell-tale grease or “rub marks” along walls and other surfaces. If you see strange dark marks along your walls, it could indicate a rat problem.
This Rodent Awareness Week, take a few minutes to review our Rodent Prevention Tips Sheet and assess your home’s security against rodents. If you think your home might have a proverbial door open to rodents, give Ehrlich a call today at 877-457-4297 or contact us online so that we can work with you to protect your home and family before cooler temperatures settle in for the season.