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Time to Pest Proof Your NJ Home – by Tom Watson, Go Green Pest Solutions

Posted on September 17, 2014 · Posted in mice control, pest control, pest proofing

With the first day of fall around the corner, it once again time to think about winter visitors. No, not your in-laws staying for the holidays,  but mice, squirrels, spiders and other pests who will now be seeking a nice warm and dry place to spend the winter.

Spending some time pest-proofing your home now will be time well spent.  Rodents carry diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus, and pose structural issues to buildings.  Chewing on wires can cause house fires and nesting in insulation not only reduces effectiveness, but can harbor diseases.  Brown recluse spiders can bite and their venom can be dangerous to some people with allergies. And, as noted in my blog earlier this year, cockroaches spread disease and can trigger asthma attacks.

Make sure to regularly check your attic and crawl spaces as both batted down and blown in insulation are perfect nesting places for pests. Pests will contaminate the insulation with their droppings and this will cause a musky order.

What is Hantavirus?

Once infected with Hantavirus, you run the risk of it developing into Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which can be fatal. People contract the virus when they come in contact with infected rodents or their urine, saliva or droppings. Deer mice can carry the virus. If fresh dropping are stirred up, the virus can become airborne and inhaled by you or your family.

Take a walk around your home and look to seal and caulk openings. Mice only need a ¼” crack to squeeze through.  Here are some fall pest-proofing tips:

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors to close gaps, including garage doors.
  • Repair or replace screens (soffit vents, bathroom fans).
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter, and around air conditioners.
  • Use expandable spray foam or copper mesh to fill holes. Steel wool is also good filler. (Not too tasty when chewed.)
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including gutters, leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

If you could use some help with pest control, contact me or a licensed pest professional in your area.  We know what to look for and can recommend remediation tactics before it becomes a major headache.