As the temperatures lower, rodents will be entering buildings looking for warmer places to nest.
Any small openings to your shed, garage or house will allow mice, moles, rats and other rodents to enter. Once inside of a structure, mice often make their way to the attic to nest in the insulation.
Nestled away in your house, mice can reproduce quickly. Mice gestation time is less than a month and they are able to produce as many as 10 litters a year, according to pctonline.com.
Mice can invade your food supply and worse than that, some species are know to carry the disease Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). According to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been 556 cases of HPS reported in the U.S. between 1993 and Dec. 31, 2011. Thirty-six percent of the cases of HPS have been fatal.
As of June 29, 2012, 602 cases of HPS have been reported in 34 states. Nearly 94 percent of the reported cases have come from the western half of the U.S.
If you find mice in your home, there a few different methods you can use to remove them. Snap traps, glue traps and rodenticides can be used to rid your home of rodents.
Snap traps are the most effective, but glue traps are good for tight places like under a stove. If rodenticides are used, mice can be hard to locate once they die.
If you want to remove and release the mice, humane live traps can be used.
The rapid reproductive cycle of mice make a major infestation in a short period of time possible. The best way to prevent an infestation is to prevent the mice from entering your building in the first place.
Try to locate holes that are large enough for the mice to use as an entry point into your home. Inspect windows that are close to the ground. Make sure mice can not enter through your home's vents.
Once you locate all of the possible access points, use caulk, spray foam, silicone or cement to seal the holes.
Sealing your house, garage and other buildings is the best way to prevent rodents from entering. Keep your family safe, inspect your home today.
At least two mice are living under kitchen cabinets in this YouTube video posted by preet996.
Detroit will get a break from snow around the middle of the week, as milder air arrives for the city.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
As warmer air pays a brief visit to the Central and Eastern states, delays from rain, fog, ice and snow will be on the increase this weekend for early holiday travelers.
A parade of snowstorms has been taking aim at the U.S. recently, increasing the chances for many to see a White Christmas.
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