Rodents Head Into Homes Following Cold Snap

Rodents Head Into Homes Following Cold Snap

When a cold snap like this one rolls in, most of us want to be in Hawaii.

Rodents, however, want to be in your house.

Craig Deal of Senske Services got a call from a homeowner in Kennewick who saw a mouse in a cabinet.

Deal searched the exterior and interior of the home, looking underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks and behind the washer and dryer.

He searched anywhere for small holes rats and mice can go into.

“It’s that time of year where they want to get in from where it’s getting cold,” said Deal. “They’re going to try to find entry points in the house or under the house.”

Rodents in your home can be dangerous to your health.

“They can carry the Hantavirus, that’s in their urine, droppings or their saliva,” said Deal. “People can be infected with the virus, which is a deadly virus.”

Rodents in your home can also be expensive.

“Eating or getting into the wiring that’s electrical or cable as well as insulation up in attics,” said Deal.

Rats can get through a hole as small as the size of a quarter and mice can get through a hole the size of a dime.

Deal said the best ways to prevent pests from getting inside is using steel wool to plug up small holes.

You can also set up traps around the home and in crawl spaces, but Deal said, calling a professional may be your best bet.