Have you noticed more rodents this year than ever? There are a few reasons behind this. First, rodents are typically more active this time of year as the weather shifts. This drives many into properties and homes in search of warmth. However, you may be seeing them more now than ever due to the pandemic. Restaurant closures or restrictions in the past year has depleted the normal food source for rats. This has led not only to an increase of infestations, but also an increase in their aggressive behavior! More competition for food means that rodents are more compelled than ever to get inside your home here in Tennessee. This Rodent Awareness Week, the team at Johnson wants to share their best tips to protect you and your family from rats this year.
Are Rodents More Dangerous During the Pandemic?
While rodents may be more common right now, there’s no reason to worry about them spreading COVID-19. As of now, there is no evidence to show that rodents are transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to humans. The main concern with rats and mice currently is that they are getting more aggressive in nature, can carry other diseases, and could cause damage to your property.
The shelter in place shutdowns caused an uptick in residential rodent sightings as rats and mice became bolder in their hunt for resources. This has since caused an uptick in infestations and rodent-spread issues. While they won’t transmit COVID-19 to you or your family, rodents still can spread other diseases including hantavirus, salmonellosis, and many more. They also can cause significant damage.
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Tips to Keep Rodents Out
Rodent exclusion is the best way to ensure you stay safe from rodents. Our top tips to prevent rodents this year include:
- Securely store all food in metal or glass containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Clean inside the house and around the garden. Less clutter means fewer places to hide.
- Put outdoor garbage bags in metal garbage cans with securely fitted lids to stop them from feeding on contents.
- Seal off cracks and crevices around openings. Mice can squeeze inside holes the size of a dime.
- Clean up pet food and bird seed debris, and store pet food in robust containers with fitted lids, preferably above ground level.
- If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract them.
- Inspect your garage, attic, crawlspaces, and vents for potential rodent hiding spots.
Why is Rodent Awareness Week Important?
Here at Johnson, we make sure to inform our customers every Rodent Awareness Week about the dangers of rats and mice. This year is especially important with the ongoing rise in infestations. If you need assistance sealing off your home to these pests, our rodent exterminators can help. Contact us today to learn more!