Rodent Problems Are on The Rise Due to COVID-19
It’s Rodent Awareness Week 2020, and it’s more timely than ever to discuss the importance of rodent prevention. You’ve likely heard that rodent problems are on the rise due to Covid-19, and as well as that they’ve become more aggressive. But why? Since the start of the pandemic, rodents have been deprived of their normal food sources from restaurants and bars. This has caused them to infest more residential homes. With the cold months still ahead, more and more rats and mice will be looking to make their way indoors for the winter. These pests can be dangerous, making it crucial to know how to keep them out all year long. The team at Anderson Pest Solutions is here to help.
Rodents During The Coronavirus
Rats and mice have been linked to a lot of diseases, but the current strain of coronavirus is not one of them. There is no current evidence or research to show that rodents are transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to humans. When it comes to rodents during the pandemic, the main thing to worry about is that they are getting more aggressive in nature, can carry other diseases, and could cause damage to your property.
Because of the restaurant closures or limitations, rats have been forced to look elsewhere for resources. This has directly correlated to a bigger risk of infestations and rodent-spread issues. While they won’t transmit COVID-19 to you or your family, rodents still can spread other diseases including hantavirus, salmonellosis, and many more. In addition, rodents are capable of inflicting structural damage on your property.
How to Avoid a Rodent Infestation
The last thing you need to deal with this year is a rat or mouse infestation. To keep these pests out of your home in the coming months, there are several things to do:
- Use caulk or wire wool to cover up gaps and openings near pipes and other openings.
- Install mesh screens on your vents. Also, consider installing screens on doors and windows.
- Use tight lids on trash cans. Rodents love to rummage in the garbage! If possible, keep your trash cans sealed and stored.
- Securely store food in tight-fitting containers with lids, and don’t leave food open on the counter.
- Fix any damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal gaps in your eaves.
How to Get Rid of Rodent Problems
At Anderson, we know how distressing any pest infestation can be right now for you and your family. Rodents are dangerous because of their germs and destructive habits. To ensure you are protected from these pests, our rodent exterminators can work with you to develop a custom rodent control plan. Call us today!