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Keeping Your Danville Home Rodent Free in the Winter

2012 December 17
by pestfinder

Rats, mice and other rodents are capable of causing major damage to your Danville home, and they can also expose you and your family to a number of infectious diseases, including Leptospirosis, typhus, plague and Lyme disease. Not only do the animals spread diseases through their droppings and bites, but they may also be hosts for fleas and other parasites with diseases of their own. The best way to keep rodents from destroying your home and health is to prevent them from coming in. Here are some tips for averting a rodent infestation in your home, and could prevent you from calling a rodent control professional.

Keep Food Covered

Rodents love to eat, and if they can’t find food outside, they will break into your home to satisfy their hunger. Rodents can smell food from miles away, so you need to make sure that the items in your pantry are kept in their original packaging or tightly sealed in sturdy containers.

Keep it Clean

While it’s not necessary to keep your home spotless, you should keep it sanitary and free of trash and excess clutter. Rodents enjoy shredding paper and cloth to build their nests, so don’t keep piles of magazines, newspaper or clothes laying around. Also, you should maintain the outside of your property and keep an eye on wood piles, shrubs, leaves and grass. Additionally, you need to keep your outdoor grills clean and keep your garbage tightly bagged in closed containers. If you have pets, you should never leave their food outside, and you should always empty unused seeds from bird feeders.

Keep it Sealed

Rats and Mice can squeeze through coin-sized openings in your house, so you may need to inspect your home for large cracks and holes. Pay attention to areas around vents, behind cabinets and in attics or crawl spaces. If you find any gaps, you should seal them to prevent rodents from entering your home.

Guest post contributed by Terminix Big Bugs of Danville.  Big Bugs is a locally owned Terminix franchise that has been in business for over 60 years.  They guarantee their services, and offer free inspections.

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