Rats! Do You Have Unwanted Houseguests?

The National Pest Management Association advises homeowners to protect against vermin during Rodent Awareness Week

FAIRFAX, Va. (October 24, 2016) – The cooler weather has arrived and as families settle in, spending more time indoors, they may notice unwanted houseguests have taken up residence, too. Rodents are a top pest concern among homeowners according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The group is working to spread awareness about these pests during Rodent Awareness Week, October 23-29, 2016, an event also recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events.

Rodents are a problem for nearly one-third of American homeowners and are among the most common winter pests. They’re capable of damaging structures, and chewing through drywall, insulation and even electrical wiring, increasing the risk of fire. They can also bring fleas and mites indoors, and can spread disease and contaminate food.

“It’s important to take action against rodents before an infestation develops. Not only do rats and mice breed quickly, leading to harder to control problems, but they also cause damage to our homes and can bring a host of harmful pathogens along with them,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.

If you notice any of these signs in your home, the NPMA recommends calling a pest professional as you may already have a rodent problem:

  • Droppings. These are typically found in kitchens, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, near nests, and in boxes, old furniture and other objects.
  • Noises. Rodents make scurrying and scratching sounds, especially at night.
  • Gnaw marks. Newly gnawed areas tend to be rough to the touch and are light in color.
  • Tracks/footprints. Tracks and tail marks are easily found along areas where rodents travel.
  • Burrows. Rodents nest in various materials such as insulation, and they prefer nesting areas that are dark and secluded, but close enough to a food source.
  • Damaged food packages. Mice prefer seeds and cereals while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.

For more on rodents or to find a qualified pest control professional, visit PestWorld.org.


About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, visit PestWorld.org.