Pests looking for winter nests invade East Texas homes

Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 4:23 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2022 at 7:04 PM CST
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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - As the cold sets in, animals in East Texas will also be looking to stay warm and dry, sometimes in your home.

Some animals can invade your attic and walls looking to nest.

While most of us dealt with insect pests during the summer, there’s a fall and winter invasion you have to watch for. Animals living in your attic.

“This time of year, mice , squirrels and rats. Raccoons larger rodents trying to get into your house. Always looking for shelter water and food,” says exterminator Brandon Ryan of ABC home & commercial services.

The worst being rats and mice, and Ryan is something of and expert on them.

“Mice only need a fourth of an inch to get into your house, rats only need a half inch. Squirrels, they’re going to chew their way in,” he says.

There are serious health concerns with any animals that take up residence in your home.

“Mice and rats , they can carry up to 35 diseases,” Brandon says.

But the animals waste can also be a danger. Not only in the attic, but in the air ducts. And it can cause numerous health problems.

“They produce waste constantly. Once they get into your air ducts, air comes on, spores coming through the air, potentially transferring diseases down to ya’ll,” says Ryan.

One thing homeowners can do is to close off open eaves and replace areas where wood has rotted away.

“I recommend to everybody to get their houses excluded from top to bottom. Rodents can chew your internet cables, any tv cables running through, water lines,” says Brandon.

And the problem can get much worse.

“Soon as they get in there, mice can still breed. out of 8 pups, half are female and they can breed fast,” he says.

If you should discover animals living in your attic space, Ryan says best to have a professional assess how to get them out.