When the first winter breeze arrives at the doorstep, many rush outside to welcome the cold season. With the first snow, children, together with their families, hurriedly grab their coats and boots for hours of snowball fights and attempts of making the perfect snowman. Christmas carols echo throughout the neighborhood with residences playing the holiday classics and carolers knocking at the door. This is also the time for vacation in the mountains for the much-awaited ski and snowboard trips.  It seems that the winter season initiates merriment outside one’s home, with so much to do with snow. The smell of fresh winter air is inviting you to enjoy and savor the holidays by not locking up oneself inside your room. 

However, it’s not throughout the entire winter season that people can appreciate the bitter cold snow covering the streets of the whole neighborhood, not to mention the frozen and slippery sidewalks. For this reason, people retreat back into their homes, stay under their heated blankets and cuddle up next to the warm fire. This cold weather, no matter how bleak and chilly it may be, brings people together inside their homes. People yearn for warmth and comfort, good company, and decadent and soothing hot cocoa or peppermint-spiced lattes. But, it is not just the people who seek refuge from the blistering winds and ice-kissed environment. 

Rodents – rats and mice, are not exempted during winter. In groups, they hurry and squeeze their way into homes for heat and protection. Because of warmer seasons prior to the holidays, rodents have just ended their breeding periods, and now a bigger number is desperate for food and shelter. Mice and rats, ever since the beginning of time, are known for their cunning ability to fit themselves even in the smallest of holes and crevices. They are capable of searching for possible entrances and dwelling places for them to stay in. When there are signs of mice or rats or sightings of them inside the house, quick action needs to take place. The Memphis Rodent Control professionals at All-State Pest and Lawn can do the dirty job for you in the shortest time and with the greatest efficiency. 

The most common species of rodents in homes are the common house mouse, the Norway rat, and the roof rat. An exterminator, with knowledge and expertise, may easily identify these species residing in homes by looking at them, or even just by examining their habits, behaviors, and diets. 

A common house mouse is a small, light brown or black-colored mouse that prefers seeds and nuts in their diet. They are attracted to the smell of those food items and would pass through pipe openings and utility lines to reach their destination. The Norway rat and the roof rat are almost similar in diet and behavior, wherein their food of choice are meat, fruit, grains, and nuts. They tend to remain hiding throughout the day and lurk during night time.  

One can notice that their eating habits are almost as similar as ours. During the holiday season, people will be serving food that are abundant in those ingredients. If there are signs of gnawed or chewed packages of those food items, it’s time to call a rodent control professional to avoid making your food, their food as well. Other indications that one should be aware of are odd smells, presence of capsule-shaped droppings, and greases and small feet markings on edges of furniture and food items. If one is hearing sounds at night, they are not products of imagination, rather, they are mice and rats actively looking for food. 

When one encounters at least one of these signs, contact All-State Pest and Lawn right away to put a stop on infestation and their multiplication, which will lead to more damages and health risks. Rodents not just chew on your food, but they also nibble on anything that may come in their way. Wires and cables, wooden furniture, pipings, and clothes become as enticing as food to them. Also, clothes which haven’t been used or removed from closets for quite some time serve as probable nesting places for them, since they can use the clothes’ fibers for their new homes. But, the most alarming danger of these rodents are the possible infection and or spread of disease. Leptospirosis, salmonella, hantavirus, and rat bite fever infection are the usual afflictions associated by the aforementioned species. 

Thankfully, there is a Memphis rodent control company that helps its customers avoid the plague brought by these rodents. They have solutions that can exterminate rodents inside and outside the house, and even kill litters in a short period of time. When this process is finished, they also assist the homeowners in cleaning and removing the dead bodies of mice and rats scattered throughout the residence. Customers can be assured that there is a safe and proper disposal of wastes afterwards. 

Rodents are attracted to people’s homes during the winter for three main reasons: food, water, and shelter. To prevent mice and rats running back into the houses after treatments, All-State Pest and Lawn has a few tips for homeowners. 

People should become more vigilant in their storage and disposal of food. All food containers must be properly sealed; avoid leaving cereal and nut packs open. If possible, transfer food items from cardboard boxes into containers, as rodents can easily chew on the packaging. As for water, residents should schedule check-ups and maintenance of their sewage and water systems before the winter season kicks in. Make sure that faucets and sprinklers are not dripping – they attract more rodents and waste water and money sources in the long run. A general maintenance of the house is likewise necessary. Gaps and openings throughout the houses should be fixed or sealed before winter season sets in. Attics and basements should be kept clean and dry. And stow away extra firewood, at least 20 feet away from the house. 

Rodent control should be one of the priorities during winter to ensure a peaceful and enjoyable holiday for everyone in the family. With or without a pest control company, homeowners should make sure that the home is a safe and sanitary place for their loved ones.