Mice Advice to Keep Your Virginia Home or Business in Check

Mice Advice in Virginia - Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's

Mice may be seen as cute little animals to some, but they’re nothing short of distressing when they show up as unwanted pests. As shelter seekers who enter Virginia buildings in large numbers, they also bring a number of concerns with them – most notably, the potential for disease and destruction. As strong runners, climbers, jumpers, and even swimmers, they’re experts at getting indoors and finding nesting spots. Knowledge is power when it comes to preventing this malicious rodent. To keep your home or business healthy, follow our expert advice for keeping mice and rats away from your home or business.

Rats vs. Mice in Virginia Homes

If you’ve spotted the sign of rodents, you may be wondering what type of rodent you’re dealing with! You may think you have mice, but it’s best to investigate more closely to make sure you don’t have their close relative in the rat instead. The two rodents may share many of the same characteristics, but mice are quite different in a few notable ways – making them especially difficult to stop. Here’s how to tell the difference:

  • Mice are smaller: Mice typically weigh half an ounce or so (the weight of a slice of bread), while rats often weigh more than 10 ounces. This makes them agile, helping them slip through small openings – some the size of a dime. With their fast speeds, they’re able to roam unnoticed. Baby rats are comparable in size to mice, but mice can be identified by their larger eyes and ears.
  • Mice are more curious: Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it often works wonders for mice. They’re quick to explore new environments –scouting out food and shelter in the process. A study even found that mice need curiosity as much as they need food. On the other hand, rats are more cautious, making them less likely to stumble in at all.
  • Mice prefer carbs: Mice are big fans of household staples like cereals and grains. Rats consume carb-based foods as well, but they also crave meat – something that’s harder to come by out in the open. Sometimes, mice are even preyed on by rats. You may think this simply reduces your mouse problem, but you’ll end up with a rat problem as well.

Most Common Mouse Species in Virginia

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If you have a mouse in your home, more often than not it’s going to be a house mouse. They’re the most likely species to be found in urban and suburban areas – in our region, Richmond and greater Washington, D.C. Deer mice are also a threat, but more so in the rural countryside. No matter what type of mouse you’re dealing with, it’s important to get the help of a professional pest control expert when it comes to getting rid of them.

Signs of House Mice Indoors

To escape extreme weather and outdoor predators, mice won’t hesitate to take full advantage of your comfortable indoor conditions. This then brings their risks into your home or business. Mice are stingy little creatures, and the easier it is for them to infest, the harder things will be for you in return. Their presence isn’t always obvious; be attentive, and look for the following signs:

  • Droppings and urine pillars
  • Footprints (usually around 1/4 of an inch in length)
  • Nests made of household items like paper
  • Structural damage (holes in walls, ceilings, or window screens)
  • Damaged food containers or nibbled-on food

Mouse Prevention Tips

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While proactive measures may help eliminate the mice that are currently around, they’ll keep coming back if you don’t take the proper preventative measures. This means removing the incentive that your home or business provides in the first place (food and shelter) and keeping them from getting in at all. Here’s how to keep mice outside:

1. Cut Off Access to Food

As mentioned earlier, mice love carbs; but they’ll eat just about anything – sweets, dog food, and even garbage. The problem isn’t simply that they aren’t picky eaters. Rather, it’s that we give them instant access to food, without which they wouldn’t survive. Seal containers (including your trash can), wipe up spills and don’t leave food sitting out.

2. Minimize Nesting Areas

Mice also rely on nesting areas to support indoor infestations. Because they prefer dark, secluded spots, basements, and attics are prime real estate – they usually provide plenty of clutter (papers, cardboard boxes, etc.) to construct nests. Mice don’t typically nest further than 25 feet from food sources, meaning wall voids and cabinets may also be at risk. Clean and declutter potential habitats to prevent mice from settling down.

3. Shut Them Out

In addition to removing sources of food and shelter, sealing off entry points is an effective way to keep mice away. Fill any holes they’re capable of fitting through and invest in chimney and vent covers. Doors and windows are our connection with the outdoor world, and they’re often mice’s connection with the indoors as well. Keep them shut and properly sealed, adding weather stripping along doors and replacing any window screens that are broken.

Professional Mouse Control

If you have an ongoing mouse problem, it’ll take more than a few traps to save the day. At Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s, our expert technicians provide smart, thorough care, as we understand just how problematic this pest can be. Covering homes and businesses across Virginia and offering year-round protection, we take a targeted approach to eliminate mice in full. Contact us to today to learn how our rodent exterminators can keep you safe from mice.

Afraid of Rodents and Bugs? 2021 May Not Be Your Year

Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's – Serving Northern Virginia, Richmond, Springfield, Sterling, Fredericksburg, and surrounding areasEntomologists from Ehrlich Pest Control Provide their Pest Predictions for 2021

READING, Penn. (Jan. 4, 2021) — As if 2020 didn’t present enough challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 could be a banner year for pests around the country.

To help residents prepare for 2021, entomologists from Ehrlich Pest Control used field knowledge and data to provide their predictions for pests in the upcoming year.

1. Rodents, Rodents Everywhere:

With shutdowns across the country, it’s no surprise that rodents are on the rise nationwide. Empty buildings, the scarcity of food and warmer winters have combined to create a rodent apocalypse.

“We’re seeing more rats in urban, suburban and rural settings because of the shutdowns,” said Marc Potzler, Board Certified Entomologist with Ehrlich Pest Control. “Food sources are cut off, and rats are having to travel to scavenge for food. We’ve seen rats out in public during the day, which is highly unusual.”

Warmer winters have also allowed for mice populations to boom in residential areas as it allows for a longer breeding season and there is a lower population loss due to hard freezes.

“Right now is the perfect time to rodent-proof your home,” said Potzler. “Make sure to repair any gaps on the exterior of your home, such as around garage doors, windows or pipes.”

2. Mosquitoes on the Move:

Mosquitoes populations have been increasing over the last few years. Aedes species, which are disease-carrying mosquitoes, are also moving to new areas. These mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Zika virus, among other diseases.

“There is an increase of mosquitoes across the country, but notably on the West Coast, and they are adapting each year,” said Eric Sebring, Associate Certified Entomologist with Ehrlich Pest Control. “We have seen evidence of behavior adaptation, where mosquitoes lay their eggs strategically to hatch throughout the season.”

Protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes by removing any standing water on your property. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon of water. Also, wear EPA-approved insect repellent while spending time outside.

3. Bed Bugs:

The chatter about bed bugs was quiet in 2020, but that’s not because they have gone away.

“As people begin to travel again, we will start to hear about bed bug infestations,” said Sebring. “Bed bugs can be dormant for several months at a time, so they can emerge when a food source, humans, become available.”

Bed bugs are considered hitchhikers, traveling from place to place on people, luggage, clothing and other personal belongings. Homeowners and businesses such as hotels, colleges, hospitals, senior living facilities, retail stores, and libraries have experienced problems with bed bugs.

If traveling, inspect the bed by pulling back the sheets to examine the mattress. Check your luggage before packing and unpacking, and look for signs of living or dead bugs the size of an apple seed or black fecal smears.

4. More Time Outdoors = More Pests.

From hiking to gardening to dining al fresco, there is no doubt that the pandemic has forced people to spend more time outdoors.

In 2021, we will see the outdoor pest pressures continue:

Ticks: Ticks are responsible for transmitting several diseases, including Lyme disease, to humans and animals. These small insects are found in grassy areas and in the woods, so it is important to inspect yourself and your pets after spending time outdoors. Cover as much skin as possible while outdoors, wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toed shoes, and tuck pant legs into socks. Light-colored clothing will also help any ticks you pick up stand out.

Ants: “As soon as the weather starts to warm up, we will see an increase in ant populations,” said Tom Dobrinska, Board Certified Entomologist for Ehrlich Pest Control. “Most of the ants we are dealing with are odorous house ants. When spending time outside, make sure to clean up any food, water or sugary substances and ensure that your home is free of any holes or cracks for them to enter.”

Stinging Insects: Stinging insects, such as wasps and yellow jackets, emerge at the first sign of warm weather, and as warm weather seasons are getting longer, stinging insects have more time to create issues. Make sure you check for nests early in the spring as they are smaller and get early nest treatment. Make sure to keep windows and doors shut, and secure outside bins so stinging insects are not attracted to the contents.

5. Termites Aren’t Going Anywhere

Termites are a pesky problem, and unfortunately, are not going anywhere. Termites can cause extensive damage to structures, especially homes. As people are moving out of cities during the pandemic to more suburban areas, education about termite protection is key.

“We received more calls for termites this past year than we have in many years,” said Potzler. “It’s important to raise awareness for homeowners now to have proactive protection to keep from costly repairs in the future.”

6. Pests in the News:

There are a few pests that will continue to steal the limelight in 2021.

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an invasive pest that has been making its way across the country since it was first introduced from Asia in 2001. Besides its pungent odor, this stink bug has become a nuisance for homeowners as it gathers in large numbers on the sides of houses and buildings and enters through small cracks in the home. “The brown marmorated stink bug is here to stay,” said Dobrinska. “We will continue to see this species emerge in late spring in large numbers.”

The Spotted Lanternfly will continue to wreak havoc across the Northeast and beyond. The invasive pest, first found in Pennsylvania in 2014, is spreading across the Northeast, with New York reporting its first sighting this year. The pest can significantly damage trees and plants.

“The Spotted Lanternfly is becoming a big problem in the Northeast, and it will continue to spread,” said Potzler. “It can be devastating for agriculture and is a nuisance for homeowners.”

The egg masses look like a smear of mud on trees and outside of homes. It’s important to scrape the egg mass off, put it in a bag with rubbing alcohol and throw it away, and then call the state department of agriculture.

The infamous “Murder Hornet,” also known as the Asian giant hornet, grabbed many headlines, causing homeowners to panic trying to decipher the difference between stinging insects in their yards and this aggressive species. The Asian giant hornet is the largest hornet species in the world, growing up to 3 inches in length. Currently, the Asian giant hornet has only been found in the Pacific Northwest.

“We know that there was one colony found and eliminated in Washington State,” said Sebring. “Unfortunately, if there is one, there will be more.”

While your chances of being stung by an Asian giant hornet are fairly low, the sting can be dangerous as the venom volume is higher, causing more pain. The hives are primarily built underground or in hollows in trees. If you suspect it is an Asian giant hornet or any stinging pests, call your pest management provider to assess the situation as soon as you spot activity.

Differences Between Mice & Rats

Mouse and rat identification in Springfield VA - Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor'sAs two of the most common pest rodents, rats and mice can cause Virginia homeowners a lot of problems. They may have similar features and habits, but there are also many differences between mice and rats as well. All rodents are joined by one shared trait in particular: their incisor teeth that never stop growing. Because rodent infestations can be destructive and downright dangerous for you and your family, it’s important to know what pest you are dealing with. The team at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s is here to share all you need to know about identifying rats and mice.

Similarities Between Rats and Mice

Rodents are most known for their shared habit of gnawing and chewing on just about anything. This is due to the fact that they have incisor teeth that grow constantly. Rats and mice alike can exhibit similar behaviors inside your property if they have infested your home. Rodents are infamous for their ability to carry and spread a number of potentially dangerous diseases. They also can trigger allergies in people. A rodent problem can be a mess to clean up due to the amount of droppings and urine left behind. Lastly, they can cause significant damage to your home. Both mice and rats will chew through insulation, cardboard, wood, and electrical wiring, which can create a fire hazard in your property.

How do Mice and Rats Differ?

We all know rats are bigger than mice, but that’s not their only difference. Some of the traits to identify rats and mice include:

  • Mice
    • Most mice are only 2–4 inches long.
    • Mice typically have larger ears and tails compared to their body size.
    • The droppings mice leave behind have pointed ends and are just 1–2 mm long.
    • Mice are omnivores but mostly feed on seeds, grains, and fruits.
    • They are more prolific: Mice produce 5–10 litters a year with up to 14 mice in each litter.

Difference between rats and mice in Springfield VA - Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's

  • Rats
    • While they differ between species, rats typically have larger bodies that are about 6–9 inches .
    • Rats have small, hairy ears and larger feet.
    • Their droppings are much bigger than those of mice at 10–20 mm long.
    • Rats produce 3–6 litters a year with up to 10 pups in each litter.
    • Rats are opportunistic feeders that will eat meats, grains, seeds, and much more.

Have a Rat or Mouse Infestation?

If you suspect there are rodents in your home or business, it’s important to enlist the help of a professional rodent exterminator such as Ehrlich. We can easily identify the rodent species you are dealing with before executing a plan to control the infestation. To learn more, give us a call today!

The Rise of Rodents During the Pandemic

Rodents are infesting homes in Springfield VA during the pandemic - Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's

If you’ve been noticing more rodents in or near your home, you’re not the only one. Since the start of the pandemic, the CDC has suggested that rodents are more active and aggressive than ever. This is mostly in due part to the restaurant closures—the lack of food sources for rats and mice has caused them to be more desperate. And now with the weather changing, they will be drawn inside your own home not only to escape dropping temperatures outside but to look for food. This Rodent Awareness Week, the team at Ehrlich is here to help clear the air about rodents during the pandemic and to provide tips on preventing them. Read on to learn more!

Are Rodents Connected to 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 things to worry about is that they are getting more aggressive in nature, can carry other diseases, and could cause damage to your property.

Restaurant closures have caused an uptick in residential rodent sightings as rats and mice become more bold in their hunt for resources. 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 many more.

5 Tips to Prevent Rodents This Year

The last thing you have time to worry about this year with everything else going on is a rodent problem. To avoid the discovery of rats in your home, there are a few things you can do to keep them out:

  1. Seal holes around pipes. Use caulk or wire wool to cover up gaps and openings near pipes and other openings.
  2. Cover vents. Install mesh screens on your vents. Also consider installing screens on doors and windows.
  3. Use tight lids on trash cans. Rodents love to rummage in the garbage! If possible, keep your trash cans sealed and stored.
  4. Store food properly. Securely store food in tight-fitting containers with lids.
  5. Protect eaves. Fix any damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal gaps in your eaves.

Rodent Infestations During the Pandemic

No Rodent Awareness Week feels quite as important as this year’s with the surge of infestations we are experiencing. Our rodent exterminators are dedicated to protecting you from these pests not just this week but all year long. For more information, contact our team today.

Pros & Cons of DIY Pest Control

Mouse traps are a common DIY pest control method. Learn about the pros and cons of DIY pest control in VA from Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor'sFrom using a vinegar spray for ants to store-bought pesticides for roaches, we’ve all dabbled in DIY pest control from time to time. When many homeowners spot a pest problem, they’ll head to their local hardware store and arm themselves with chemicals, sprays, baits, traps, and more. Some even look into all-natural remedies. But do these actually work? DIY pest control is a gamble, and–unfortunately–unreliable. When you want to get rid of a pest problem fast–or perhaps avoid them altogether–your best bet is to hire a professional pest control company.

The team at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s, outlines the pros and cons of DIY pest control in our latest blog post. Keep reading to learn more!

Does DIY Pest Control Work?

For some very small pest problems, perhaps a few ants in your windowsill or house spiders in your tub, DIY or store-bought pest control products may help. However, do-it-yourself pest control is not a long-term solution:

  • Some types of pests, including rodents, termites, bed bugs, and carpenter ants are more dangerous and destructive. Getting rid of these infestations will be a challenge for any novice.
  • Many store-bought products are filled with chemicals that can be dangerous for you, your family, and your pets. Reading the label doesn’t always guarantee the product will be applied safely.
  • At-home remedies rarely work in the long-term and do not prevent future infestations.
  • DIY or store-bought products don’t come with a guarantee or warranty as often as professional services, meaning you often have to buy more products.

Benefits of a Professional Exterminator

Hiring a professional pest control company may seem like a bigger commitment of your time and money, but the payoff is tenfold that of DIY methods. There are many benefits:

  1. An experienced exterminator has the knowledge and experience to tackle any current infestation you have. They are experts in the behaviors and habits of pests, making it easier for them to control any problems quickly and efficiently.
  2. With a focus on IPM practices, they can also work to prevent future problems. As often as possible, a professional will use environmentally-responsible products that are always applied safely and effectively with little invasion or disruption to your daily life.
  3. When you decide to have regular pest control services, your exterminator will work with you to develop a customized pest control plan suited to the unique needs of your home.

DIY vs. Professional: How to Choose

If you have a pest problem, you probably want to get rid of it ASAP. To do so, a professional pest control company is always the way to go over DIY pest control. Our team is committed to keeping our customers safe from pests by preventing them in the first place. To stay pest-free 365 days of the year, Ehrlich is here for you.

How to Prevent Springtime Pests

Prevent springtime pests by cleaning your Richmond or Northern Virginia home! Get Tips from Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's.Spring is finally here! Many people welcome springtime with open arms. Unfortunately, that includes pests. This time of year is when pests start to peak in activity once more. To prevent the many types of pests that will likely look to invade your Virginia home, it’s important to implement some pest prevention measures into your spring cleaning! Keep reading for tips on common spring pest problems from the experts at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s.

5 Cleaning Tips to Prevent Springtime Pests

Pests in spring are aggressive, but you don’t have to suffer from an infestation! There are several spring cleaning tips to lessen the risk of getting pests this time of year:

  1. Tidy up! Clean under furniture, wipe down surfaces, and inspect areas of your home that need some fixing up.
  2. Clean your windows and doors thoroughly. If you find any cracks or crevices make sure to securely seal them.
  3. Deep-clean your carpets and rugs. Vacuum, shampoo, or even steam cleaning works well.
  4. Sanitize and clean your kitchen with a focus on your appliances. Crumbs and spilled liquids welcome all types of insects and pests.
  5. Remove debris from your yard, and trim any shrubs or tree branches away from your home. Clear out your gutters and downspouts.

Pests to Look Out for This Spring

You know how to prevent them, but what exactly are the pests you need to worry about this time of year? Unfortunately, the list is rather long. There are five pests in particular that create trouble for property owners every spring: ants, stinging insects (wasps and hornets), stink bugs, termites, and rodents! Spring is simply the start of the pest season and can last well into the summer if pest control isn’t implemented right away. If you notice the signs of any of these pests, it’s important to act fast to prevent a full-blown infestation.

The Importance of Spring Pest Control

The time to protect your home from the onslaught of pests is now. By implementing preventative pest control into your spring cleaning, you can help reduce the risk of pest problems in the spring, winter, and fall. If you already have pests in your home, it’s time to call the experts at Ehrlich. Our exterminators will work with you to develop a pest control plan to keep you safe during each season.

Are Rodent Infestations Dangerous?

One of the many dangers of rodents is their habit of chewing through wires. The rodent exterminators at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's can help protect your Arlington VA home!Unlike some types of pests, rodents are much more than simply a nuisance. The truth of the matter is that the presence of rats or mice in your home or business can be dangerous. Not only are they gross—rodents spread diseases and cause property damage. The contamination they cause can turn your property into a health hazard, making it important to seek help from a professional rodent exterminator as soon as you notice them in your property. Keep reading to learn about the true dangers of rodents in Alexandria and Arlington VA.

Diseases Spread by Mice and Rats

Across the nation and all around the world, there are a number of serious illnesses and health risks tied back to the presence of rodents. These pathogens can be spread directly or indirectly. Mice-borne diseases are spread directly to humans through contact with droppings, saliva, and bites. They are transmitted indirectly through ticks, fleas, and mites.

Three of the most dangerous diseases spread by mice and rats include:

  1. Hantavirus
    1. Most often found in the urine and feces of deer mice, hantavirus can cause symptoms from fever and chills to aches in pains. In serious cases or when it is not treated, it can lead to shortness of breath and kidney failure.
  2. Salmonella
    1. When rats and mice walk over surfaces, they are tracking dirt and bacteria across other food surfaces. Salmonella, commonly referred to as food poisoning, can cause severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and worse.
  3. Rat-bite fever
    1. Also known as Streptobacillus, rat-bite fever is usually caused by a bite or scratch from an infected rat. It is also caught by handling infected animals and ingesting food or drink contaminated with the rat’s faeces or urine.

Property Damage from Rodent Infestations

As if the health risks associated with rodent infestations weren’t bad enough, these pests are also capable of destroying your property! Rats have a set of incisors that continue to grow, encouraging them to chew on things constantly. When electrical wires are chewed through and expose cables, the wires can short circuit and cause a fire hazard. Their nesting can be messy, and rats are even known to cut through extremely tough materials including wood and steel. When you have a rodent problem, the very structure of your home can be at risk!

Protection Against the Dangers of Rodents

It goes without saying that rodents can be much more than a nuisance in your home. With the many dangers of rodents in mind, it’s crucial to get a professional exterminator as soon as you notice a problem. At Formerly Connor’s an Ehrlich Company, our rodent exterminators know how to keep rats and mice out of your property year-round.

Common Mistakes When Setting a Mousetrap

Mousetrap in Alexandria VA home - Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's provides tips on setting a mousetrap properlyIf you’ve ever dealt with a mouse problem inside your home or business, you know how frustrating they can be. In addition to being downright gross, mice spread filth and disease everywhere they go—not to mention the foul odors and droppings. If you’ve spotted a mouse or two in your home, it’s important to take action quickly. Mice reproduce at an alarming rate. Traps are a classic way to tackle rodent infestations, but many people make mistakes when setting mousetraps. Read on to learn expert tips from the mice exterminators at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's.

Mousetraps That Work the Best

Picking the best mousetrap can be overwhelming, with electronic, catch-and-release, and glue traps all in stores. Most mousetraps have benefits and disadvantages. Perhaps the most common and popular type of mousetrap is the spring-loaded mousetrap. This classic design has been used for centuries to catch mice. When set up properly, mousetraps can be very effective!

Spring-loaded mousetraps are placed in areas of suspected rodent activity with bait. When the spring mechanism is triggered, the metal bar will snap and effectively catch the mouse.

Setting a Mousetrap Properly

There are many common mistakes made when setting a mousetrap. We’ve outlined the top ones to avoid below:

  1. Not wearing gloves. If mice can smell human scent on the traps, they will avoid them at all cost. Always wear gloves when setting traps!
  2. Not using the right bait, or using too much bait. Contrary to popular belief, not all mice like cheese. When setting a trap, only use a small amount of bait to encourage the mice to reach into the stand and trigger the mechanism.
  3. Starting with loaded traps. It may seem counter-intuitive but start with unloaded, baited traps. This will lure mice into a false sense of security in the traps.
  4. Not using multiple traps from the get-go. Always set more than one trap, placed two or three feet apart each. You will have a better chance at catching as many mice as possible at once.
  5. Not setting mousetraps strategically. Always set mousetraps along walls and behind furniture, or wherever you suspect activity.
  6. Not checking traps regularly. It’s important to keep an eye on your traps. Check to make sure the traps are loaded correctly with bait, as some mice will grab bait without setting off the trap.

What to Do When Mousetraps Don’t Work

Mousetraps have worked for decades, but that doesn’t mean they will always work to get rid of mice completely. With serious rodent infestations, it’s always smart to consult a professional mice exterminator. At Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's, we have the years of experience needed to implement the best rodent control methods. To learn more about properly setting a mousetrap or to set up an inspection, give our team a call today!

Winter Rats & Mice Prevention

Winter window in Alexandria or Richmond VA - Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's provides rodent control checklist to prevent infestations. It’s the middle of winter, and you may think you’re safe from pest infestations. Unfortunately, pest problems are a fact of life in Virginia throughout the entire year. In fact, rodent infestations are more common this time of year than any other time of year. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has stated that 21 million homes in the U.S. are invaded by rodents each winter! As temperatures drop, rats and mice will look to make their way indoors for warmth and shelter. To avoid an infestation, it’s crucial to seal your home from rodents! Keep reading for top rats and mice prevention tips from the experts at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s.

Do Rodents Hibernate in the Winter?

While some animals—certain rodents included—hibernate during the colder months, rats and mice stay active throughout the winter. Unfortunately, the winter is the time when most rodent infestations occur as rats and mice enter homes to escape the cold outdoors. Indoors, rodents can cause a lot of destruction with their nesting and gnawing habits. Even worse, their droppings are known to carry bacteria and pathogens that have been linked to dangerous diseases. Because rodent infestations are so common in the winter, it’s essential to protect your home from them.

Rats & Mice Prevention Checklist

Rodent Control Checklist for your Alexandria and Leesburg VA home this winter - Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor's

There are eight spots in particular around your property that are vulnerable to rodent intrusions. By routinely checking the following areas, you can locate where rats and mice may attempt to make their way indoors:

  • Roof: Replace and repair shingles or any other roof damage
  • Vents: Cover all vents securely
  • Screens: Fix or replace any damaged window, door, or porch screens
  • Vegetation: Keep a tidy yard and cut tree limbs back away from your home
  • Gutters: Clean debris from gutters and downspouts
  • Outside: Securely seal trash cans and keep a clean yard
  • Garage: Make sure your garage closes flush to the ground
  • Foundation: Seal any cracks or crevices larger than a dime

A Rodent-Proof Winter Home

If you need help with rodent prevention in your Virginia home this winter, the rodent exterminators at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s can help. We specialize in preventing pest problems before they begin, making us your local leaders in rodent control and removal. To learn more about keeping rats and mice out of your home during the winter and all year-long, contact us today!

How to Pest-Proof Your Home This Winter

A rodent is one of many common winter pests to infest Richmond VA and Ashburn VA homes in the winter months - Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor'sYou may think that pests are only a problem in the spring and summer, but infestations can happen in Virginia winters, too! While many pests and insects indeed die off in the cold weather, there are several that stick around. In fact, many pests look to invade homes to escape dropping temperatures in the winter. To prevent winter pests in your home, keep reading to learn top tips from the experts at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s.

Common Winter Pests

Overwintering pests will enter homes in the colder months to wait out the freezing temperatures. Some of the most common winter insects are ants, stink bugs, Asian lady beetles, and boxelder bugs. These insects typically won’t be seen until the springtime. In addition to these insects, there are a number of other winter pests that may invade your Virginia home this time of year:

  • Rodents: The house mouse and Norway rat will squeeze their way inside in the winter.
  • Spiders: House spiders will hide indoors in dark, secluded corners.
  • Cockroaches: German cockroaches hitchhike indoors in grocery bags and boxes.
  • Bed bugs: Known to withstand extreme temperatures, bed bug infestations are common in the winter

5 Tips to Prevent Winter Pest Problems

Preventing winter pests requires many of the same efforts of preventing pests year-round. Five ways you can prevent winter pests include:

  1. Seal cracks and crevices outside your property to keep pests from making their way inside.
  2. Place screens over vents and chimneys to eliminate entry points inside the property.
  3. Store firewood away from the home and eliminate clutter in your yard to discourage nesting.
  4. Eliminate sources of excess moisture by promptly fixing leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  5. Promptly clean up spills, dispose of garbage regularly, and avoid excess clutter.

Do You Need Winter Pest Control?

To save yourself from the surprise and frustration of a pest infestation during the winter, it’s important to know how to protect your property. Rodents, cockroaches, and spiders are common pest infestations in the winter, which is why it’s so important to implement winter pest control into your home maintenance routine. If you need help or want to learn more about how to prevent winter pests, give the experts at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s a call today!