Rodent Awareness Week 2020 is upon us, making it the perfect opportunity to investigate the plight of rodent activity we’re currently experiencing during the pandemic. Due to restaurant closures, food sources became more scarce for rodents. This has in turn turned rats more aggressive as they compete for resources. And now with the weather changing, they will be drawn indoors not only to escape dropping temperatures outside but to look for food.
For all these reasons, rodent infestations are continuing to rise, which is why it’s more important than ever to learn how to keep rats and mice away from your home in Atlanta.
Rodent Activity During COVID-19
There has been a lot of information spread about how rodents are connected to the coronavirus. The good news is that there is no current evidence or research to show that rodents are transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to humans. When it comes to rodents during the pandemic, the main thing to worry about is that they are getting more aggressive in nature, can carry other diseases, and may cause destruction in your home.
Due to the restaurant shutdowns and lockdowns, there have been a number of reported cases of rats and mice becoming more bold and rampant in the absence of food sources. This directly correlates to a bigger risk of infestations and rodent-spread issues. While they won’t transmit COVID-19 to you or your family, rodents still can spread other diseases including hantavirus, salmonellosis, and more.
How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home
To prevent the surge of rodents in and around your neighborhood, there are several things you can do to make your property less attractive to them. Our top rodent prevention tips include:
- Store food properly. Securely store food in tight-fitting containers with lids.
- Seal holes around pipes. Use caulk or wire wool to cover up gaps and openings near pipes and other openings.
- Cover vents. Install mesh screens on your vents. Also, consider installing screens on doors and windows.
- Use tight lids on trash cans. Rodents love to rummage in the garbage! If possible, keep your trash cans sealed and stored.
- Protect eaves. Fix any damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal gaps in your eaves.
Rodents During the Pandemic
Every year, Rodent Awareness Week allows us to advocate for rodent prevention. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to learn about rodent exclusion and the dangers of a possible infestation. As always, the rodent exterminators at Active Pest Control are here to help. We understand how distressing the thought of a rodent problem is right now during a pandemic, which is why we’re committed to protecting you from them year-round.