New Berlin, WI (PRWEB) October 28, 2016
Rodent infestations become a major problem in Wisconsin and northern Illinois during the fall and winter. During the National Pest Management Association’s Rodent Awareness Week, October 23rd – 29th, Batzner Pest Control is providing information on all aspects of rodent control on their blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.
As a homeowner, the two most important ways to help combat infestations are to implement preventative measures, and then stay vigilant for any signs of rodent presence. Here are some recommendations from the NPMA on how to do each:
Rodent-Proofing Your Home
- Use weather strips on doorways and windows
- Replace broken windows
- Caulk around utility/service pipes
- Repair openings in the building’s foundation
- Screen all vents
- Seal additional small cracks with copper mesh (steel wool will rust and deteriorate over time).
- Around the house exterior, rake away any weeds or shrubbery as they provide safe passage to pests
- Mulch, in particular, should not be used near the foundation
- Cut down overhanging tree branches
- Do not store firewood within the immediate vicinity of the house
Remember, mice can squeeze through a dime-sized hole. Be thorough in your inspection!
What to Watch Out For
- 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.
- Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.
- Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to touch and are light colored.
- Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and are drawn to dark and secluded areas.
- Damaged food packages: House mice prefer to feed on cereals and seeds, while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.
If any of these signs of rodents are found, contact us immediately at Batzner.com or 262-797-4160. Rodents breed rapidly, so the sooner we know about an issue the easier it will be to prevent a large-scale infestation.