With the “cyclone bomb” of a blizzard that hit Connecticut and New England this week bringing significant snowfall and extremely cold weather it will drive mice and other animals into homes and businesses. Looking for shelter, food and warmth according to the National Pest Control Association. It was -8 this morning in Connecticut with a windchill of -17. If I was a mouse or rat I’d be trying like heck to get into a warm, cozy house with free food too.
Mice are able to enter a home or business through an opening as small as a dime, according to the National Pest Control Association.
Some signs to look for in a mouse or rodent invasion during cold winter weather is droppings (mouse poop), urine stains and smell, food being eaten or gnawed at, and noises such as, scurrying, scratching, and gnawing coming from inside walls, attics or crawl spaces.
According to the NPMA a female mouse can produce up to six
babies at a time, these rodents require less than a month
between having babies, and produce up to 35 mice in a year.
“The speed with which rodents reproduce, coupled with the fact that they can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime should be of major concern for every homeowner during the colder months,” Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA, said in a news release. “Not only are rodents notorious carriers of disease and bacteria, they can gnaw through wiring, putting homes at risk for electrical fires.”
Even though the weather in Connecticut has already become extremely cold, driving the rodents inside you can still take precautions and get rid of the mice. It is wise to have a Connecticut licensed rodent control company take care of your mice and rats.
The National Pest Control Association rodent-proofing
• Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, paying special attention to where utilities and pipes enter the home;
• Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five feet off the ground; keep shrubbery and branches cut back from the house;
• Eliminate all sources of moisture, including leaky pipes and clogged drains;
• Keep food including dog and cat food in rodent-proof containers;
• In basements and attics, don’t store boxes on the floor;
• Call a pest professional early to prevent a rodent problem from getting out of hand.