How to prevent rats from invading your space
Cooler weather has been hitting Florida in recent weeks and it’s causing one unwelcome critter to seek shelter indoors. Rodents are much more vulnerable to temperature changes and harsher conditions brought on by winter months and will do anything to get inside your home. The most common rodents to look out for are roof rats and house mice. They pose a threat not only to the sanitation of your home i.e. food, but they can cause electrical fires by chewing through the wires running throughout your home. Officials are offering advice on how to prevent them from entering your space. Seal up any and all holes on the exterior of your home, make sure the trash is taken out and seal up your food.
Rats have also been invading another space where they are unwelcome, the engines of students cars on FAU’s campus. They have been crawling inside cars, making nests and chewing through the wires. Some experts believe they’re attracted to the plastic on the wiring. According to an FAU spokeswoman, this is a common occurrence not only on campus but throughout all of south Florida.
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Cooler weather could bring rodents into your home
Fall in Florida may only bring a slight temperature change, but it’s just enough to send some unwanted visitors inside your home.
The time change, the slight breeze, drier conditions, it finally feels like fall in Tampa Bay. Mike Bentley with the National Pest Management Association says rodents will be looking to get inside.
He says the most common rodents in our area, roof rats and house mice. See more
Summary: With winter temperatures and conditions slowly becoming the everyday normal again, rodents are seeking shelter indoors. The most common rodents you’ll find invading your space are roof rats and house mice. Rodents, such as these, can contaminate your food and cause electrical fires by chewing through your wires.
Students claim rats causing costly damage to cars
Students at Florida Atlantic University claim they’ve had automobile problems caused by campus rats taking root in their vehicles.
“They’ll crawl up inside, make a nest, because I’ve had to open up plenty of nests,” mechanic Brian Small told ABC affiliate WPBF. “They make a nest, they stay there and, for some reason, they’re attracted to the plastic on the wiring.”