November 16-22 is Rodent Awareness Week

Temperatures are dropping and snow is already falling in some areas. There is no doubt that winter is on its way. As winter closes in, rodents are looking to move into homes and structures for warmth.

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Rodents aren’t an easy pest to keep out (mice can squeeze through a dime-sized hole!), but taking quick and easy preventative actions can go a long way. Before winter puts its grasp on us again, perform a thorough inspection of your property, looking for cracks and holes in the foundation and holes in screens.

If you are suspicious of rodents in your home, here are signs to look for:

  1. Droppings: Droppings are typically found in kitchen cabinets and pantries, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, and in boxes, bags and old furniture.
  2. Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.
  3. Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to touch and are light colored.
  4. Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and are drawn to dark and secluded areas.
  5. Damaged food packages: House mice prefer to feed on cereals and seeds, while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.

As winter and the busy holiday season approaches, don’t put off rodent prevention for the sake of your family’s health and peace of mind.

Pests that go Bump in the Night

There are two types of pests in this world: those that are unpleasant and those that are downright TERRIFYING. In the spirit of Halloween, let’s take a look at some of the creepier critters around.

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Bats – One of the pests most commonly associated with Halloween is the bat. Unlike the others on this list, the creep factor with bats is that they can fly and hide out in the dark corners of buildings. To raise the level of spookiness even higher, this nocturnal nuisance can also carry rabies.

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Rats – Another Halloween staple (and my personal least favorite), rats not only send shivers down spines, but they can carry disease and cause fire hazards by chewing through wires. Plus, rats are more flexible than they are sometimes given credit for – they can fit through an opening the size of a quarter.

The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the few will bite.

The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the few that will bite.

Spiders – While spider decorations are common this time of year, actual spiders are not as desirable to have around your home. Other than just looking creepy, some species of spiders can bite.

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Bed bugs – Bed bugs aren’t traditionally associated with Halloween, but since they feed off of human blood, they definitely fit into the category of “terrifying.” The good news is that these little blood-feeders don’t transmit disease. However, their bites can cause skin irritation and itching.

Here’s to hoping your Halloween is plenty spooky without encountering one of the creepy crawlers on our list. Happy Halloween!