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It’s much easier to prevent an infestation than to get rid of pests after they’ve found a cozy retreat inside the home. We recommend the following tips to keep homes rodent-free this winter:
Rats! Cold Weather Drives Rodents Inside Vehicles
Certified Termite and Pest Control explains why rodents are hard wired to infest cars
When it comes to car problems, there are countless possible causes. However, motorists might be surprised to learn that a rodent infestation could be what’s plaguing their vehicle. Ceretified Termite and Pest Control cautions drivers to be on the lookout for a rodent problem under the car hood and take the necessary step to prevent it from happening to them this winter.
When the temperature drops, rodents seek shelter, food and warmth in order to survive the colder months, which is why they often move into homes this time of year. Unfortunately, cars offer the same protection and food sources for rodents that homes do. Plus, eco-friendly materials increasingly being used by car manufacturers, such as soy-based wiring, only further attract them and their palates.
Sneaking into cars is rather easy for rodents, as mice and rats can fit through holes as small as a dime and a quarter, respectively. Steering columns, vents, pedal shafts and other openings serve as the main access points into vehicles for these intruders. Upon gaining entry, rodents commonly use insulation as nesting material and wires, tubes and circuitry as meals, leading to short circuits and other electrical problems.
Aside from costly car repairs, rodents can compromise human health by spreading disease and causing respiratory issues. To mitigate this imminent threat to both drivers and their vehicles, We recommend the following prevention tips:
Homeowners Are Horrified To Find Rats Invading Their Neighborhood
Rats are not the most endearing of creatures, and they are never welcome guests within people’s homes. A recently constructed subdivision in the small town of Celina, Texas is being invaded by massive amounts of rats, and some reports say that the rats are clearly multiplying. Buying a new home is an expensive decision that takes a big commitment. However, the residents of Celina were pleased to be living within a recently constructed set of homes that had never been inhabited by anyone before. The new subdivision was built on an area of old farmland, giving the new residents a picturesque view of the tall and majestic green grasslands located nearby. Unfortunately, this region of tall grass is home to a staggering amount of rats that are traveling uncomfortably close to the new homes.
Lately, northern Texas has seen a population boom, which has resulted in many homes being sold in small towns like Celina. The last thing the new homeowners in Celina expected to find in their neighborhood were packs of traveling rats. Homeowners have reported seeing numerous rats invading certain areas of their property, such as garages and backyards. According to a local pest control professional, Kent Hooper, Celina’s heavy rat population is nothing new. The rats were dwelling within Celina’s farmland long before the construction of the new subdivision began. The rats began to disperse once the area became a hotspot for home construction.
The new subdivision, named Light Farms, was built on old farmland where rats had been dwelling for a long while. The subdivision displaced the rat population, which has caused the rats to scurry about the neighborhood while frightening the residents. The enormous native rat population has been holding up within the grasslands where they can hide. However, the progressively colder temperatures are causing the rats to seek out warm shelters, such as people’s houses. The developers of the new subdivision have issued a statement to the residents of the Light Farms neighborhood saying that the tall grass will be trimmed to prevent rats from dwelling and breeding within the grassland. In addition to that, several traps have also been set in various locations around the region. Hopefully these traps will reduce the rat infestation in this small neighborhood, but only time can tell.
Would you feel cheated if your real estate agent did not mention the presence of a large rat population dwelling within the same area as your newly purchased home?
Rodents can contaminate food sources and serve as vectors of many diseases, such as salmonella and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. Moreover, mice and rats can cause serious structural damage by chewing through insulation, wallboards, wood and electrical wiring. Use these tips to stay rodent free: