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The Rodent Nightmare Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring… Except for the mouse. Scurrying across your kitchen floor and up the dinner table… Attracted by the smell of those delicious cookies that you left out for Santa… Drawn to the delicious popcorn and cranberries strung on the tree…  All the while dropping little “presents” along the way!

Your idyllic, chocolate box image of Christmas has just turned into a nightmare.  Did you know that one pair of mice can produce between 50 and 60 offspring in a single year. A pair of rats can produce between 24 and 72 offspring. Rats and mice visit unhygienic places like trash cans and dumpsters. They carry many serious deadly diseases, are hosts to parasites, and can spread filth wherever they go. They often times gnaw through electrical and Christmas Tree wiring, causing electrical fires.  They also cause damage to many household items.  It is important not to handle rodents or their waste unless you are properly trained.

If you’re regularly seeing rats and mice, you might need a bait station   A bait station isn’t a trap.  It’s a sturdy plastic box that’s tamper-resistant, secure and lockable. It protects against children, pets and other non-target animals from coming into contact with the rodent bait block.  They are attracted by the smell of the bait, enter through the access hole, then they eat bait.  They leave the station, and return back to their nest where they die within a few days.  Rodents do not usually die in the bait station, so don’t expect to find them there.

Proper placement of the bait stations is critical. Rats are very suspicious of new or unfamiliar objects. The will not visit bait stations, if they aren’t placed in areas where they seem enticing and attractive.  The bait stations also need to be located in areas where pets, livestock, and children can’t easily disturb them.
HomeShield is the leading local pest control expert for rodent control services in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Our local, highly-trained experts will remove rodent nests, seal up entry points and properly configure, monitor and maintain your bait stations.  They will provide you with the best possible rodent control that is custom tailored to your home or business.

Don’t let your Christmas turn into a Nightmare!  Call now to schedule an inspection from an Atlus expert!

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