FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 19, 2020
CONTACT: Joan Carr
Phone: (901) 222-9010
Cell: (901) 691-5704
KEEP RODENTS AWAY FROM YOUR HOME AND YARD THIS FALL
October 18-24, 2020 Is Rodent Awareness Week
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – In observance of Rodent Awareness Week, October 18-24, 2020, the Shelby County Health Department wants to increase awareness about rodents, one of Shelby County’s top pest concerns for residents.
In the fall, rodents, which include several species of rats and mice, can invade residential spaces in search of shelter and food. Rodents are a threat to human health and property. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rats and mice carry more than 35 diseases which they can spread to humans. Rodents also cause an estimated $20 billion in damage to homes, businesses, and agricultural crops each year.
The Shelby County Health Department’s Vector Control Program addresses outdoor rat infestations in Shelby County. Our Vector Control environmentalists often find that residents unknowingly create conditions that attract rodents. Eliminating those conditions is key to eliminating the infestation. Rodents are looking for places to live and sources of food. Make sure you’re not inviting these vectors to set up housekeeping around your home.
Shelby County Vector Control specifically responds to outdoor rodent infestations. For more information about Rodent Control, visit our website: www.shelbytnhealth.com. To report rodent activity, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (901) 222-9725, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.