Western North Carolina has officially seen it’s first cold front of the year! While this time of year is often synonymous with beautiful fall foliage, cozying up in your favorite oversized sweater, and getting your hands on your favorite pumpkin spice flavored products, it is also a time of year when you have to be more aware of rodents entering your home in an attempt to stay warm.
Many homes in Asheville, NC and surrounding were built with real wood burning fireplaces as a means to generate natural heat, especially older homes, many of which were built without central heat sources originally.
While there is nothing quite like enjoying the roar of a crackling fire while warming yourself up on a cold and inclement weather day, home owners should take a few precautions to ensure that their fire isn’t attracting unwanted visitors, including mice.
While mice can be extremely cute, they can also carry bacteria that can lead to disease outbreaks, eat your food, leave their droppings all over your home, and have even damaged electric cords and caused fires.
1. Move all wood piles at least several feet away from your home. When the weather gets colder, the mice will flock to your wood piles before they enter your home because it offers them some coverage from the cold. Unfortunately, the mice eventually make their way into your home from the pile and soon you have an infestation.
2. Install chimney caps and grates to avoid mice entering through the chimney and escaping into your home via the fireplace.
3. Hire a pest control company to remove rodents if you do have an infestation. Removing rodents can be difficult. A professional pest management company will identify nesting areas and feeding grounds and know how to completely eliminate them. Proper cleanup is also performed, ensuring that you and your family are safe from allergies, illness and possible future infestation.
Call Gibson Pest Control at 828-483-6507 for a free consultation on your rodent infestation. Since 1979 Gibson Pest, a family owned business have been providing residential pest control for many areas of WNC.