This winter season’s unwelcome pests may soon join South Jersey homeowners by the fire to stay warm and out of the elements. Rain and colder temperatures send wintry pests, such as chipmunks, mice, spiders and cockroaches searching for food, water and shelter indoors.
Mice are a common winter nuisance and only need a space the size of a nickel to enter a home. Once inside, mice and other rodents can cause considerable damage and pose serious health risks to people and pets. Rodents are notorious for chewing through wallboard, cardboard, wood and even electrical wiring, increasing the risk of a house fire.
Homeowners need to inspect for rodent droppings in undisturbed areas, especially since droppings can trigger allergies and spread disease such as Hantavirus – causing headaches, fever, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Mice are capable of dropping up to 25,000 fecal pellets each year, an estimated 70 times each day.
AB-Con offers a few important measures to prevent pests this winter season:
- Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
- Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows
Periodically doing a little home maintenance a few times a year will put pests in their place!
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