No Matter the Season, Rodents Find a Reason to Come IndoorsNPMA Staff
Friday, January 21, 2011
By NPMA Staff
With high heating bills and snow to shovel, homeowners have
plenty to worry about in the winter months. Yet winter brings one
more concern that most homeowners rarely consider - that is until
it becomes a problem. According to the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA), winter is a prime season for
rodent infestations with 24% of homeowners reporting mice
infestations specifically in the winter.
Rodent infestations can be more than just an annoyance.
Mice bring other pests, such as fleas, mites, ticks and lice,
indoors, which can quickly spread throughout homes. More, these
rodents can contaminate food sources with feces that can spread Salmonella
In addition to health problems, mice can also cause structural
damage to homes. "Mice are known to bite through walls, wood and
wires," says Jim Fredericks, technical services director for NPMA.
"The damage to wiring within walls can cause house fires."
Additionally, mice have the potential to breed up to a dozen babies
every three weeks, which makes it important to take steps to
prevent them from entering your home before a major infestation can
NPMA recommends that homeowners take proactive steps to prevent
a rodent infestation during the winter:
- Inspect wires, insulation and walls for any signs of gnaw
marks, which may indicate an infestation.
- Store boxes and containers off of the floor and organize items
often to prevent rodents from residing in undisturbed areas.
- Install gutters or diverts to channel water away from your
- Seal cracks and holes on your home's exterior, including areas
where utilities and pipes enter.
- If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls
or observe other signs of an infestation, contact a licensed pest
professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.