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Fall Means Unwanted Mice and Rats!

mice.jpgI like the fall.  Football, cooler temperatures, and riding my motorcycle through the Ozarks with the beautiful fall foliage.  But as the days turn cooler and the nights colder, there is an army of critters that are looking for a winter home with food and water - which just happens to be your home or business! 

Fall and winter is a prime time for rodent infestations, because they are seeking shelter and an easy access to food. Rodents (mostly the mouse) invade over 21 million homes and businesses a year. Once inside, besides the infestation, they can chew through electrical wires, walls, and furniture, and will also contaminate food storage and prep surfaces (countertops and tables) with their urine and fecal droppings.  These critters can get through almost any hole, and only need a hole about the size of a dime to squeeze through!

If you want to keep 'em out then make a note, save or print out these tips from us (Tri-Hill Turf & Pest), and get to work implementing them!

  • Seal cracks and crevices with caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention to where pipes enter the structure (they'll eat through caulk, but steel wool is irritating to them, use caulk to hold the steel wool in place).
  • Install door sweeps and repair screens.
  • Put screen over chimney and attic vents.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around your foundation.
  • Eliminate moisture sites like leaking pipes and drains.
  • Keep firewood at least 20-feet away from your structure.
  • Keep outdoor cooking areas clean.
  • Don't leave pet food and water out overnight.
  • Clean up clutter both inside and out. They like to hide and nest in clutter.
  • Use good, thick garbage cans with lids the seal tight to prevent entry by rodents.
  • Store food items in rodent resistant containers.
  • Inspect boxes (i.e. Christmas decorations) before bringing them into the house.
  • Clean up spilled food and wash dishes and cooking utensils soon after use.
  • If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls, or discover other signs of rodent infestation then give us a call here at Tri-Hill. 

You can hire us to inspect and treat for the problem, or just call and ask for advice!

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