By Elsa Maxey
If you check for mouse and rat traps at the stores in this area, they’re probably low on their supplies or out of them altogether. This is the time of the year as the weather is getting colder that the population of rats and mice take up residence in homes, offices, warehouses, storage facilities, or anywhere food and water are available, report those in the industry that deal with the critters.
Locals have probably spotted them already, accounting for the shortage of traps. One pest control professional said that “in the fall, as their normal supply of seeds and plants diminish, they may invade your home looking for new food sources.” He also said that disturbance of a nest will cause a relocation due to construction or lot clearances.
Once indoors, they will gnaw on doors, floor boards, carpet, furniture, sheet rock, electrical wires, a/c and heating ducts, appliance water lines, and so much more causing extensive damage. One Sugar Land resident said her “four candles on the table being readied for Thanksgiving had big teeth chew marks on them,” and was so upset to know it was rodents that took refuge in her home just a couple of days ago. Although the sticky rat traps did the trick for her, “I caught three large ones, either big mice or small rats,” she said; she’s not sure they’re all gone, and is now in search of traps. If she can’t find any, she said it may be time to call the professionals, who can probably locate their entry way into her home.
What about the metal bands recently seen around trees in some neighborhoods? The metal band is a deterrent placed around the trunk to prevent rodents and other animals from climbing and eating off a tree or making a nest in it on the premises of a residence.
It’s important to note that rodents may transmit diseases and cause health threats associated with rats and mice. For this reason, it is recommended that quick action follow if you suspect you may have these invaders.