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Friday, September 27, 2013

Five Painless Ways to Free Your Home From Furry Friends this Fall

Kimberly Beaudin

As the leaves begin to change this fall, you may notice that a mischief of mice or a gaze of raccoons has taken up residence in your backyard. When the colder weather begins to approach, animals such as chipmunks, raccoons, mice, and squirrels begin to look for food and shelter. These rodents can seem cute to some, but if they decide your home seems like a cozy dwelling spot, they can cause serious property damage and can even serve as a health risk to your family.

Rodents tend to enter the home through preexisting cracks in the walls, but sometimes they’ll break in by creating an entryway of their own. These animals can cause structural damage, bite through electrical wires, and pose a risk of infecting your family with diseases such as rabies and Hantavirus. In short, they are not so cute when they are causing serious problems.

5 Tips to Keep Furry Fellows Out of Your Home:

  1. Keep the home free of clutter by organizing and cleaning often to prevent rodents from hiding in undisturbed nooks and crannies.
  2. Seal any holes or cracks leading in from the outdoors. This includes areas where pipes or utilities enter the home.
  3. Do not leave pet food or water bowls out overnight. Rodents don’t know what is meant for your family dog and what is meant for them.
  4. Keep outdoor grills and other cooking areas clean. Rodents will find even the smallest amount of food left in or around your grill.
  5. Store trash in a thick plastic or metal container with a tight lid. Keep these sealed at all times, particularly in the evening. Keep any grains or animal feed in similar containers.

Protect your home and your family by contacting the experts at Hughes Exterminators

Don’t allow rodents to take over your home this fall. If you are concerned about a rodent infestation, contact the licensed professionals at Hughes Exterminators for a free home evaluation. You may call us at 877-464-8443 or fill out a contact form to get in touch with your Florida, pest control professional.