Pest Control Update: Mice and Rats are Active in Maryland in November

Fall has gotten quite cold in Central Maryland. 

It even feels like winter on some days. If you think it’s cold for us, imagine how it must be for those rats and mice! Their little bodies are shivering and they want to find a place that is warm. 

So, where do they go? They go to your home, of course. They have to find somewhere to live for the winter as their grasses where they burrow and live have died off. As the cold weather hits, mice and rats will leave their dead homes and scurry into your live one. 

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They can get into your home pretty easily, too. They can squeeze through a hole as small as ¼” inch. Those holes in your home can be found where wires or pipes come in. Look behind your oven or refrigerator to see if there are holes. Mice also love bags filled with leftovers! They will spend hours gnawing into bags and then eating the contents. If you think that is gross, they also eat your dog or cat’s food and feces!     

Additionally, when they invade your home for food and shelter they also use it as their bathroom. They drop their waste on your floor, in your cabinets, and on your countertops as much as eighty times a day. 

So, how in the world does a Central Maryland resident stop these pests from absolutely soiling and infesting your home? It can be done both personally and professionally. 

Home Pest Control Tips: What you can do 

It may seem like stopping them is a hopeless situation. Yet, there are steps you can take to prevent mice and rats from invading your home, food and pets. 

First, seal up any holes around wiring and pipes. They cannot get in and crawl down the wires or pipes if you have sealed them off. This can be done with caulk, cement, tape or other types of sealants. 

Second, store food in sealable plastic or glass containers. Do not store your food in plastic or paper bags. 

Third, clean up your countertop and floors of all spills, crumbs and other food items. Use a safe cleaner or detergent. 

If these measures fail, then you may need to call a professional pest control company to intervene. 

Professional Home Pest Control

If everything you have done has failed, call your local home pest control company. Your trained Pest Shield Technicians will also inspect for conducive conditions (holes, channels, etc.) that can contribute to mice and rats infestation.

You can take preventative measures to stop your home from being invaded by mice, and rats by calling our experienced home pest control technicians to rid your home of these pests. Pest Shield, Inc., will send a home pest control consultant to your home. Call us at (301) 829-0060. We serve Mt. Airy, MD, Central Maryland and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, and Howard.

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