It's not the Groundhog's Fault You've got (Pest) Problems

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 2, 2015 3:00:00 PM

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Remember the movie Groundhog Day? Where Bill Murray keeps living the same day over and over again? He also expresses some pretty unkind sentiments toward a certain rodent, Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who is supposed to predict when winter will end. Now I know that rodents can be infuriating, and I understand that facing the same obstacles over and over again can be frustrating, but a pest infestation should not be a recurring event!

For some people, the passage of time isn't marked on a calendar, it is told by their pest problems. I know a woman who could always tell winter was almost here, not by the cooler temps but by the mouse sightings in her garage each year. Pest control professionals call fall "mouse season" because that is when most rodent problems occur.

Mice can happen to anyone - but don't let it happen again.

Mice and other pest infestations can be affected by the seasons, but they shouldn't happen in your home on a seasonal basis. If you want keep rodents, insects and other household pests outside where they belong, you have to be prepared. You can't just set out a few mouse traps or ant baits and think this year will be different than the last, but you can prevent pest problems with these three steps:

  1. Clean up. Keep your home clean and clear of anything that might lure rodents or insects inside. This includes traps and poisons, because they work by attracting the target to them - and then their untimely demise.
  2. Seal up. Blocking potential entry points such as cracks along your home's foundation, holes in window screens, and gaps beneath doors will make it harder for pests to get into your home.
  3. Pouch up. Create a scent-based barrier to make pests Stay Away®. Natural pest repellent pouches cover up the smells that rodents and insects are attracted to (like food) and block the scent trails they use to communicate with one another. Scent-based barriers also stop their ability to sense predators. They will chose to avoid the area altogether.

Don't wait to see if this year is just like the last, stop the problem before it begins!

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Topics: Pest Control

Rita Stadler
Rita lives in Central Florida and has been a member of Team earthkind since 2010. When not writing about ways to preserve the good and prevent the rest, her 4 children keep her busy. She can be found sharing mouse jokes on Twitter @earthkind and answering to calls of "MOM!" from any kid within a 25 foot radius.

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