Every winter, we bundle up in warm clothes and spend more time indoors. Mice do the same, often seeking shelter inside our property! Luckily, there are plenty of tips and ideas to prevent mice from entering a house. You can enjoy holiday cheer without worrying about pests or rodents.
Mice reproduce at an alarming rate; a litter of five or more every two months. It’s no surprise that a region as populated as the GTA also has a high population of rodents. Although infestations happen year-round, it’s in the winter that we start to scramble for solutions. How do I prevent them from getting in? Should I use mousetraps? Should I get a cat? The answers to these questions depend on each unique situation, which is why it’s usually best to hire a professional pest control company for assistance.
Canadian winters are some of the coldest in the world.
It is that time of the year when pest control becomes increasingly important. Insects and vermin seek out the warm humidity of our homes, bringing along with them a variety of problems, ranging from damaging our belongings, to polluting air quality and spreading disease. Thankfully, much can be done to ensure that our homes, accommodation establishments, restaurants and food processing plants are sanitary, as unsanitary conditions provide the ideal habitat for pests in search of water, food and nesting sites, according to a recent article in the Food Magazine.
While the recent drop in temperatures means seeing less of the pesky bugs that have bothered Canadians all throughout summer, it means the opposite for one of the most troublesome household pests – rodents. Mice, rats, and squirrels are expected to invade homes in droves this winter, searching for a warm place to spend the frosty season.
In order to raise consumer awareness regarding the health and property risks posed by rodent infestations, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), part of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has designated the week of November 15-21, 2015, as Rodent Awareness Week. Greenleaf Pest Control is proud to take part in this campaign by educating homeowners and businesses across Canada about the threat of rodents and the importance of adopting a proactive approach to rodent management in the following months.
Although rodents are active all year round, the months of October and November are especially problematic, with declining temperatures forcing them indoors to nest and forage for food.
Throughout time, cats have been taken into homes, as well as barns and even retail stores, for their hunting deftness, and specifically for their mouse-killing abilities. (After all, the cat vs. mouse is probably the most popular predator-prey pairing, immortalized in idioms and cartoons from all over the world.) Tiny in size and lacking flight abilities, which limits the possibility of counterattack or escape, mice are present in cats’ diet simply because they are an easy prey.
The same goes for flies, moths, cockroaches, grasshoppers, spiders, and anything else that happens to wander inside your house. Cats love to chase (and sometimes kill) pretty much anything that creeps, crawls, or scurries before their eyes. They are born with natural hunting instincts, and many homeowners rely on them to chase and catch vermin on their property. However, allowing them to put their natural instincts to use may not only be ineffective at stopping a rodent infestation, but can actually encourage more pests into your home.
Usually, if someone spots a mouse in their home or at their business facility, they arrange to get rid of the mice with a pest control company in Vaughan because they are worried about disease or about the mice getting into and ruining food stores. And, while this is certainly a legitimate concern, another reason that you do not want to ignore any problem that you are having with mice is the fact that mice actually present a substantial fire hazard to your structure.