Rats! Do You Have Unwanted Houseguests?

The National Pest Management Association advises homeowners to
protect against vermin during Rodent Awareness Week

FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#RodentAwareness–The cooler weather has arrived and as families settle in, spending more
time indoors, they may notice unwanted houseguests have taken up
residence, too. Rodents are a top pest concern among homeowners
according to the National
Pest Management Association
(NPMA). The group is working to spread
awareness about these pests during Rodent Awareness Week, October 23-29,
2016, an event also recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events.

Rodents are a problem for nearly one-third of American homeowners and
are among the most common winter pests. They’re capable of damaging
structures, and chewing through drywall, insulation and even electrical
wiring, increasing the risk of fire. They can also bring fleas and mites
indoors, and can spread disease and contaminate food.

“It’s important to take action against rodents before an infestation
develops. Not only do rats and mice breed quickly, leading to harder to
control problems, but they also cause damage to our homes and can bring
a host of harmful pathogens along with them,” said Cindy Mannes, vice
president of public affairs for NPMA.

If you notice any of these signs in your home, the NPMA recommends
calling a pest professional as you may already have a rodent problem:

  • Droppings. These are typically found in kitchens, along walls,
    on top of wall studs or beams, near nests, and in boxes, old furniture
    and other objects.
  • Noises. Rodents make scurrying and scratching sounds,
    especially at night.
  • Gnaw marks. Newly gnawed areas tend to be rough to the touch
    and are light in color.
  • Tracks/footprints. Tracks and tail marks are easily found along
    areas where rodents travel.
  • Burrows. Rodents nest in various materials such as insulation,
    and they prefer nesting areas that are dark and secluded, but close
    enough to a food source.
  • Damaged food packages. Mice prefer seeds and cereals while
    Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.

For more on rodents or to find a qualified
pest control professional
, visit PestWorld.org.

About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment
to the protection of public health, food and property. For more
information, visit


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