The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) unveiled a new video project to demonstrate how pests move throughout the home.
Every winter, about 21 million U.S. homes are invaded by rodents as they move indoors in search of food and shelter. Mice and rats are capable of transmitting diseases as well as damaging property, making them a health and property threat.
As part of Rodent Awareness Week from Oct. 17-23, the NPMA is educating Americans about how much ground these pests can cover and offering tips on how to keep them out of the home.
NPMA’s newest video project, Out of Sight, shows rodents and cockroaches walk through fluorescent dye before traversing a kitchen and bathroom undisturbed. When the lights are turned off, these rooms are covered with glowing tracks. In addition to photography and videos, Out of Sight offers valuable information about rodents and cockroaches and the signs of an infestation.
“Rodent infestations spike during the fall and winter months as mice and rats seek refuge inside homes,” said Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Once they get inside, they can cause property damage by chewing through drywall and insulation, as well as the electrical wiring in your walls or vehicles. Damaged electrical wiring is not only costly to repair, but poses a fire hazard. These pests can also contaminate food and are known to carry 35 diseases that can be transmitted to humans.”
While these pests are often “out of sight,” they should never be out of mind, making proper prevention key to avoiding any run-ins with rodents. In light of Rodent Awareness Week 2021, NPMA created a public news release offering prevention tips to help keep families and homes protected from the threats posed by a rodent infestation:
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home.
- Inspect wires, insulation and walls for gnaw marks, which may indicate a rodent infestation.
- Store boxes off of the floor to prevent rodents from residing in undisturbed areas.
- Keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground.