Colder weather brings out pests that we have not seen during the warmer months like mice and rats, which are all active during the winter. Since rodents are warm blooded mammals they are tend to seek shelter in warm dry homes and as outdoor temperatures drop they may also be looking for food in a warm place with the intention of giving birth. For this reason, Rat Control can sometimes be difficult.
How do they get in?
A rat infestation means that rodents can enter structures by crawling along wiring, fence stops, and tree branches that touch the home. Seal any openings larger than 1/4 inch. Utility pipes entering buildings should be sealed tightly with metal or concrete.
Rat Infestation – Things you can do
• Keep doors and garages closed, as well as any other doors that allowed entry to the house.
• Put food away, sealed in plastic containers and clean up any spilled food that might draw a rat’s attention.
• Remove structures that a rat could live in. This includes trash, tall grass and wood piles. If you have a fireplace, store your firewood at least 12 inches off the ground.
• Set traps around areas that rodents are likely to run through these can include cupboards, attics and closets. Check the traps on a regular basis and remove dead rats as quickly as possible to avoid germs and odors.
If this doesn’t help with your Rat Infestation, call Peninsular and they will gladly come out and handle the problem for you!
While the Critter Gitter is there, have them inspect your home for any other pest problems you may have. Our Quarterly or PREFERRED Pest Program works well with any homeowner’s schedule. Peninsular Pest Control is the Largest Family and Locally owned Pest Control Company in the Jacksonville FL area. Offering Lawn Services, Termite Control and Interior and Exterior Pest Control Services. Peninsular Pest Control is a Certified Sentricon® Specialist.
According to George Richardson, Technical Director for Peninsular Pest Control, “You do want to control the rodents because as they continue to gnaw, they can gnaw into wiring and cause fires in homes and even RV’s or recreational vehicles.”
Peninsular Pest Control has been serving Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, FL, since 1954