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The Uninvited Guest

Kimberly Billiot - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Looking for a great party to hang out at during the holiday season?  A place with a cozy fire and lots to eat and drink sounds ideal! Well, you are not alone.  Rats and mice are just waiting for their invite indoors in the winter months. Although some of these rodents don't look so fearsome, the truth is they pose a serious health risk and can transmit many different diseases.  In the middle of New Orleans you may notice the larger "city rats" that travel along the tops of fences, and in wooded areas, such as the outskirts of Covington and Ponchatoula, you may find the tiny field mice trying to come in.  Don't worry, there are things you can do to prevent uninvited guests into your home.

Seal any cracks or openings around your home.

Mice and small rodents can squeeze through the smallest of cracks and holes within your home.  Check areas along your foundation near windows and doors where settling can occur.  Check behind cabinets, appliances and plumbing fixtures to make sure that all areas are properly sealed.  Attics with their insulation are a perfect nesting area so check your building's fascia and soffits for openings.

Store food in airtight containers.
In addition to warmth, rodents are looking for food.  Your pantry is an ideal source of food.  Bags and cardboard are no match for the gnawing of a rodent; all open items should be stored in strong, airtight containers.   This is especially true for places that you may stay at less frequently such as vacation homes and hunting camps.  

Although these tips can certainly help, rodents are not easily turned away.  Make sure that you call Billiot Pest Control at the first sign of a home invasion.  We can get rid of those unwanted pests!