MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- To holiday enthusiasts mice are
nothing more than a line in The Night Before Christmas, but throughout the
country rodents will be stirring this winter as they invade more than 21
"Mice and rats live in nearly every environment in the world, and they are
commonly present in our yards and communities," said Stoy Hedges, Terminix
manager of technical services. "Unfortunately for homeowners, the lack of
grains, seeds and plant life during the winter months often sends these pests
into homes, apartments and other buildings in search of food."
Rodents, like mice and rats, gain entry to homes and buildings through
exterior openings. Rats can squeeze through openings as small as a quarter,
and mice can slide through holes smaller than a dime. Rodents are also great
climbers and can scale rough surfaces and vertical pipes to gain entry to
buildings through vents and utility openings.
This seasonal co-habitation between rodents and humans is potentially
harmful as rodents can cause fires by gnawing through electrical wires. They
are also known to carry more than 200 human pathogens and are credited with
biting more than 45,000 people annually.
To avoid rodent home invasions, homeowners should:
- Store firewood as far from the home as possible, and keep it off the
- Remove any piles of debris, stones, bricks, etc. If these are near the
foundation of the home, they provide shelter and can conceal rodent
- Seal any hole or crack in your home larger than 1/4 of an inch. Large
openings should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing.
- Ensure attic and foundation vents are covered with tight-fitting
1/4 inch hardware cloth. Regular insect screening will not deter
- Install a tight-fitting weather strip on the bottom of all doors.
Terminix is the world leader in termite and pest control, serving more
homes and businesses than any other company. With a national network of more
than 450 service centers using the latest technologies, our resources in the
fight against termites and pests are unmatched. Our dedicated workforce of
over 12,000 associates nationwide deliver superior service and the strongest
guarantees in the industry. To learn more about Terminix, visit terminix.com
or call 1-800-Terminix.