MICE, RATS SEEK HEAT RELIEF IN HOMES
In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, mice and rats don’t generally pose too great a problem for home owners until fall when the weather turns cold and outdoor food supplies begin to dwindle. That’s when mice and rats start to migrate indoors in search of warm shelter and new food supplies. Unfortunately, this summer’s exceptionally hot weather is causing a change in rodent behavior, forcing mice and rats indoors earlier than usual to escape the heat, not the cold.
What Can I Do To Keep Out Mice and Rats?
Your local pest control experts at Viking Pest Control are seeing mice and rat invasions of homes and garages more than a month earlier than normal due to prolonged high temperatures and limited rainfall. As temperatures continue to hover in the 90s, rats and mice are being forced indoors both to escape the heat and to find new food and water supplies as parched plants shrivel and water sources evaporate.
In an interview with CBS New York last week, Dr. Changlu Wang, an urban entomologist at Rutgers University, joined your local pest control experts at Viking Pest Control in advising residents to rodent-proof their homes now. Homes and garages should be inspected for any holes or openings that may allow these disease-spreading pests to enter. Rats can squeeze through an opening the size of a quarter; and mice, through a dime-sized hole. Any holes should be thoroughly sealed to prevent rodent entry. Special attention should be paid to any pipe and vent exits, including sump pumps, dryer vents and utility pipes. Over time, seals can become cracked or crumble, allowing mice and rats to gain entry to your home.
A licensed pest control company, like Viking Pest Control, can inspect your home to identify and block possible rodent entry points. If mice or rats do invade, your local rodent control experts at Viking Pest Control will remove the threat of these dangerous pests from your home.