New “Rodents Revealed” Project Exposes Just How Talented Mice and Rats Truly Are
FAIRFAX, Va.: Rodents are one of the most prevalent and dangerous public health pests in the country. They infest approximately 21 million U.S. homes each winter, and, while small, can cause big problems. This Rodent Awareness Week, October 18-24, 2020, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is educating the public on how to protect against the dangers rodents pose through their newest project, Rodents Revealed.
“It’s one thing to hear that mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime, but to actually see it with your own eyes is remarkable, and also quite alarming,” said Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Rodents Revealed sheds light on just how easy it is for rodents to spread disease and cause significant property damage, underscoring the importance of prevention.”
Mice and rats can transmit 200 pathogens and 35 diseases to humans and can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. They can also cause significant structural damage by chewing through materials like plastic, wood and sheetrock and have been known to also chew through wiring, putting buildings at risk of electrical fires.
To help protect against these threats, NPMA recommends the following tips:
- Insert door sweeps and repair damaged screens
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry
- Repair leaking pipes and clogged drains
- Inspect all packaging for damage before bringing into the home
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the home