We knew it would just be a matter of time before the much cooler weather pushed down to our part of Texas. This morning was one of those particular mornings that make you want to pull the covers up tighter around you and hit the snooze button for another 15 minutes. It reminds me also that when temperatures begin to drop, rodents may start looking for warm, dryer places to go as well. One of the places you may need to check is for rodents around your pool equipment. Rats, mice and other small rodents may search for a warm place to hunker down in or around your pool or spa heating equipment. A lot of costly damage to the electrical system can be done before you even realize you have a problem.
Before you think you don’t have to worry about rodents around your pool equipment because you don’t have a pool, remember if a neighbor with or without a pool has a rodent issue, your close proximity can mean your home could become a potential site for rodents to invade as well. Rodents around your pool equipment can set up shop quickly if they think they have found a safe spot to hunker down in from the rain and cold.
If you do happen to have a spa or pool and you are a DIY-er when it comes to your pool service and equipment maintenance, there are some quick and easy deterrents you can handle to help discourage finding rodents around your pool equipment.
- Check around your equipment for signs of droppings or gnaw marks on wires or other inner components.
- Place steel wool or other metal mesh in or around cracks and crevices. The material will cut a rodents mouth and if they happen to eat it, it will eventually kill them.
- Rodents are very sensitive to smells. Place moth balls just inside the control panel. Rodents (as well as snakes for that matter) detest the smell and will stay away from these areas. Moth balls degrade fairly quickly so be sure to clean up and replace as needed.
- Rubber snakes can act as deterrents for rodents as well for obvious reasons. Just be sure to let family and/or service techs know to avoid a quick scare if they come across the rubber snake!
- Once a rodent infestation has been found, you should contact your pest control professional for rodent removal and exclusion services.
Some people opt to use poisons, which we prefer to not do. Many rodent poisons work by dehydration and you may find rodents coming to your pool for a water source and you may even find dead rodents that get trapped in debris and wind up in your pool filters or skimmers.
If you don’t have a pool service that regularly checks, it will be up to you to check for rodents around your pool equipment area weekly.
Correct identification and eradication of rodents early is important to ensure a pest-free environment in and around your family’s home. You should have a Pest Professional check your home for open entry points leading into your home, garage or attic. If you think you may have a rodent infestation or other pest issues or are just looking to keep pests from entering your home, contact Bio-Tech Pest Control today at 281-296-6022.