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Protect Your Family From Rodents This Holiday Season

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) shares the top home and health threats posed by rodents during Rodent Awareness Week. (Graphic: Halt Pest Control
Every winter, rodents invade over 21 million homes across the country, and are found twice as often in bathrooms inside the home, than any other room in the home. An online study by Advanced Symbolics Inc. conducted between January 2018 and September 2019 found rodents to be America's biggest pest concern related to health and home issues, based on a sample of over 274,000 Americans. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) will be sharing information on everything homeowners need to know about these winter time invaders, and how to protect their homes and family during Rodent Awareness Week this October 21-28 2019. This will also include the dangers rodents pose and how to prevent an infestation.
“It’s a common misconception that pest pressure is lower during the cooler months, but rodents are adept survivors and instead move indoors in record numbers in search of food and warmth as temperatures drop,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “This is a huge concern for homeowners nationwide as mice and rats are vectors of many dangerous diseases and can also cause significant property damage as well. By being able to identify the rodent species entering the home, homeowners will be better equipped to prevent them.”

To help prevent rodents from entering your home this winter, NPMA is sharing the following 10 tips:
  1. Insert door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  2. Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  3. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities enter.
  4. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  5. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  6. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  7. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
  8. Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages before bringing them into the home.
  9. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well-trimmed.
  10. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact Halt Pest Control to inspect and treat the problem.
Keep your holiday full of cheer and happy memories! Schedule your inspection during Rodent Awareness Week (Oct. 21-26) and get $15 a new Rodent 90 Day Program or $30 off a new All Seasons Service program