Rodents can be a serious pest problem here in Northern Florida. Many people see squirrels and chipmunks as furry, cute, and cuddly. Those people have probably never had one invade their attic. Rodent control is very important, as squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and rats can all cause extensive damage if left alone in your house for very long at all. They can destroy insulation and chew through things that you have stored in your attic. They are also adept at getting inside your walls, and often chew through wires. This causes an increased risk of a house fire. Rodents, especially mice and rats, are known to carry many different diseases that are harmful to humans, including Salmonella and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.
There are some very simple precautions that you can take to help prevent squirrels or other rodents from infesting your house.
Remove food sources – Food is one of the major attractions for rodents to come into our homes. Store food in airtight containers of either glass or plastic. Make sure any trash that is outside has a securely fastened lid.
Seal off entry points – A mouse can fit through an opening of just ¼ inch, and a rat can make it through a hole the size of a quarter. Check around your house and make sure there are not any tears in screens, and seal off any opening for vent or pipes. Squirrels and chipmunks often enter through holes in the roof or eaves, so try to make sure you do not have any overhanging tree limbs they can use to climb onto your roof.
Organize – Rodents enjoy cluttered areas to build their nests, like many attics are. Don’t just toss old boxes up there. Clean and organize your attic or basement, and store items in airtight plastic tubs rather than cardboard boxes.
Following these tips will greatly reduce the risk of a rodent making its way into your home; however, no method is fool proof. If you suspect that you already have a rodent problem in Jacksonville, Ocala, or elsewhere in Florida, contact the professional exterminators at McCall Service. McCall has been providing effective pest control and lawn care services to Florida residents and businesses since 1928. Call McCall, we do it all!