RODENTS POSE HEALTH AND PROPERTY RISKS DURING WINTER MONTHS
Fischer Environmental warns homeowners of rodent-related threats
It’s already a challenge to avoid the flu and stay healthy during the winter months. However, homeowners may be faced with a host of other potential health concerns – all caused by rodent infestations Fischer Environmental, a pest management company servicing Louisiana, and Mississippi warns that mice and rats can pose serious health and property risks once inside the home.
The accumulation of rodent feces can spread bacteria, trigger allergic reactions in humans and cause diseases such as salmonella and Hantavirus. Rodents also gnaw through electrical wiring, in some cases sparking house fires.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States every winter, threatening the health of families and damaging property through their gnawing and nesting habits. Moreover, these pests can enter a structure through very small openings, making it easy for them to find a way indoors and quickly cause a full-blown infestation.”
The NPMA and Fischer encourages homeowners to be on the lookout for common signs of rodent infestations including:
- Droppings. Typically left behind in kitchen cabinets and pantries, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, near nests, and in boxes, bags, old furniture and other objects.
- Noises. Rodents often make scurrying sounds most often at night as they move about and nest.
- Gnaw marks. New gnawings tend to be rough to the touch and are light colored.
- Tracks/footprints. These along with tail marks are easily found in areas where the rodents travel.
- Burrows. Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they prefer nesting areas that are dark and secluded.
- Damaged food packages. Mice prefer seeds or cereals while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.
If a rodent infestation is suspected, it’s important to contact a licensed pest professional to treat the problem rather than trying to handle it on your own. Because if you see just one, it’s likely there are many more/
For more information on rodents and how to protect your home, visit www.fischerenv.com