Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The cold weather across the country and here in the Midlands has lead to an increase in indoor rats and mice.
Rick Lamp, owner of Lamps Pest Solutions says he too has seen an increase in the rodents.
Lamp said, "It has picked up a lot, some of the other general pest control treatments have slowed down, but rodents have definitely picked up."
Lamp says in the fall when things start to cool off outside, the rats and mice move inside.
"Kind of like us, we want to get inside where it is warm and that is exactly what they are doing, they are trying to find a place to hunker down for the winter and a nice cozy spot is perfect, like a home," according to Lamp.
He says there are some easy signs that you may have some rodents, even if you never actually see them.
Lamp said, "You can see droppings, rub marks, which would be like a little greasy mark where they are coming and going."
"You can see chewed wires, chewed marks in the walls where they have come and gone, or made their hole bigger, you can smell them they are a little musky," said Lamp.
He recommends before you have to call a professional like himself, check around your house regularly for any locations where rodents may move in.
Lamp said, "I would suggest trying to prevent them sealing up any holes you might have around the house, it takes the size of dime for a full-grown mouse to fit through, it takes the size of a quarter for a rat to get through."
He also suggests getting rid of clutter in your home where mice or rats can hide and keeping your house as clean as possible, but that still won't guarantee a rodent-free home.
"A nice, super clean home, they get mice and rats, it does make it a lot easier to figure out they are there before you get an explosive population of them," said Lamp.
According to Clemson Extension, a single pair of rodents can have up to 15,000 offsprings per year.
Rats and mice also are know to carry at least 35 different diseases and they are also contributors to the transmission of many swine and poultry diseases that can impact humans too.