This time of year with the crunching leaves swirling in the fall winds, you can almost smell that beautifully basted turkey, seasoned to perfection, surrounded by professional quality pies and dressings as the family gathers around and chats peacefully. Okay, this visage might be a fantasy because most likely your kitchen looks like World War III after 3 days of chaotic baking as your dread the relatives bickering like always. But no matter what your Thanksgiving looks like, there’s one thing you need to remember and that is fall pest control, specifically when it comes to rodents. Rodents are little pansies. They hate cold weather and will do whatever it takes to get inside your house.
How will you stop them?
With the mornings getting frosty, rodents start becoming desperate. They know if they don’t get inside your house, they will spend a frigid and even fatal winter outside. But being a homeowner doesn’t mean you need to be a humanitarian to rodents. They don’t belong inside and the damage they can do to your home can amount up in the thousands of dollars. You might think your home is sealed up tight but rodents can take any home and find an opening and if they can’t find one, they’ll make one! Their powerful jaws can chew through anything siding, plastic and even brick or cement. Are you terrified yet? This is why you need year round rodent control inspections and Pointe Pest Control has you covered.
How do you know if they’ve invaded?
Mice and other rodents are sneaky creatures and it could be months before you realize they have made their way into your home and set up house. Rodents may be quiet and sly, but they do leave signs of their presence if you know where to look and what you’re looking for. Here are some tips on how to spot them.
- Look for droppings. It sounds gross but when you find little black rice shaped pellets, you know you’ve got a problem.
- Spot chew marks. Rodents chew on and eat everything. If you find chew marks on boxes in the garage, on food containers in the pantry, or on walls or the outside of your home.
- Listen for sounds. If you hear unnatural scratching within your walls or unexplained squeaking noises, these should be big red flags.
- Do a urine test. Rodent urine shows up under a blacklight. If you suspect a rodent infestation, using a blacklight on areas of suspicion will light up rodent urine like a lightning bolt.
Don’t invite rodents to dinner
As your relatives come in and out of your home on that much anticipated day of Thanksgiving, stay vigilant. Make sure you don’t let a rodent sneak in with your mother-in-law. You want to put your best foot forward when presenting your perfect holiday dinner and fastidiously clean, rodent free house. Pointe Pest Control can help you with that. For all your rodent control needs, put your trust in us and we won’t let you down! Give us a call today!