Rodents: What You Need to Know for the Winter

As the weather gets cooler, rodents seek refuge in homes. Learn about their behavior and their effects on your home.
An image of a brown Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), a common rodent, exploring its surroundings in a residential area.

Winter not only brings a chill in the air but also an increase in unwanted house guests; rodents. As temperatures drop, these pests look for warmth and shelter, often finding their way into homes. Understanding their behavior during the winter months is crucial for effective pest management.

Behavior of Rodents in the Winter:

Rodents, including mice and rats, are adept at seeking out cozy spots when temperatures plummet. They may enter homes in search of food, water, and a secure place to nest. In their adventure to find warmth, rodents are known to nest in secluded areas such as attics, crawl spaces, and wall voids. These clever pests may exploit small cracks, gaps, and vents to gain entry, driven by the instinct to escape the cold. Their nocturnal habits make it challenging for homeowners to detect their presence until signs of infestation become apparent.

Effects on Your Home:

The presence of rodents can have various detrimental effects on your home. From gnawing on electrical wires and structural damage to contaminating food supplies, these pests pose a threat to both property and health. The property damage can lead to compromised insulation, structural damage, and even electrical hazards. The health threats include food contamination through gnawing on packages leaving food susceptible to contamination. Rodents also carry and transmit various diseases, including hantavirus, salmonellosis, and leptospirosis.

If you have an issue with rodents or any pests disturbing your property or posing a threat, please call us for a free evaluation. Click here or call us 352-223-3618 to schedule your appointment.

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