As temperatures across the country drop and the holiday season approaches, rodents, one of the most common winter pest, love nothing more than to spend the chilly winter inside a cozy home. Rodents, such as mice and rats, are the most common pests this season.

What Time Of Year Do Rodent Problems Occur?

Fall & winter rodent movement
45% Fall & Winter
Spring rodent movement
29% Spring
Summer rodent movement
28% Summer

According to the NPMA, rodents have, at one time or another, been a problem for nearly one-third of American homeowners. Rodents don’t need much space to get inside our homes and bring with them threats to health and property.

Where do rodent infestations occur?

Mouse infestations in home infographic
Size of hole required rat to get in home
Rats can squeeze through openings the size of a quarter.
Size of hole for mice to get in home
Mice can squeeze through openings the size of a dime.

Mice and rats spread salmonella and carry disease-causing parasites

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These pests are capable of causing damage to property by chewing through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical and automotive wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires. They are also known to spread a variety of diseases, including Salmonella, murine typhus, infectious jaundice, rat-bite fever and the potentially fatal Hantavirus.

Rodents can chew through wood and electrical wires increasing the risk of electrical fires.

Rodents have open-rooted incisors that continue to grow throughout life, enabling them to gnaw continuously without wearing down their teeth.

To help protect your home and prevent rodents from coming indoors, follow the tips below. If you think you have a rodent problem, call Johnson Pest Control at (865) 453-7587 to schedule a free home evaluation.

Top 5 Rodent Proofing Tips

  1. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home – pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
  2. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  3. Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and s feet off the ground.
  4. Keep basements and attics clear; eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  5. Keep food in rodent-proof containers

Rodents Moving Indoors This Winter in Sevierville TN

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