Problems Rodents Create
There are so many ways mice and rats can impact your health in a negative way. These animals get into dumpsters, sewers, and other dirty places. They also feed on dirty things, such as rotting organic material and feces. When they get into your property they can:
Contaminate your foods, plates, silverware, cups, and other items by coming in contact with them. This can lead to food poisoning.
Contaminate sensitive areas by leaving their feces and urine everywhere.
Contaminate the air by shedding in air ducts.
When rodents get into your property, they can damage the exterior of your property. These can lead to many unwanted issues:
It can allow rainwater into your property. This can cause wood rot and other water damage.
It can lead to mold problems, which can have an impact on your health.
It can allow secondary pests, like spiders and cockroaches, to gain entry.
Once inside your property, mice and rats can explore every inch. When they do, they can damage the items in your property.
They can damage wallpaper, documents, clothing, insulation and other items to get materials to build their nests.
They can nest in stored furniture and boxes. This can cause damage to the interior of furniture and the items stored in your boxes.
They can damage food packages and cause products to spill out.
They can chew on the wires inside your walls, which can result in a fire.
Mice and rats don’t come into your property alone. They bring tiny critters with them. If you have a tick or flea infestation, it is possible that rodents are to blame. Not only are these secondary pests irritating, but they can make you sick with:
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
And many more.
In light of these problems, it is best to make sure rodents are effectively controlled and that exclusions are in place to keep rodents out.
Rodents Are Highly Mobile Animals
If you try to remove rodents and keep them out of your property, you’re likely to be frustrated. Why? Because these animals are hard to control if you don’t know what strategies and products work.
A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime. If a hole is too small, it can make it larger with its teeth. A mouse can chew through a 2×4.
A rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter. If a hole is too small, it has strong teeth that are able to make it larger.
Rats have been found to make holes in unexpected materials. They can even wear concrete away and make a gap around a water main larger.
Some rodents can climb trees and access your roofline by way of branches or work their way up through your downspouts.
A mouse can jump a foot straight up in the air and scale some exterior wall surfaces like Spiderman.
It Isn't Easy To Trap Rodents
Mice and rats are smart. If you attempt to trap them, there are many ways your traps can fail. Here are just a few to consider:
Mice prefer seeds, rice, and nuts. Traps with cheese aren’t likely to achieve results.
Rodents can smell you on your traps. If you touch them with your hands, the rodents will avoid them.
Rats are cautious about new things placed in their environment. This can cause them to avoid traps.
Mice are curious but incredibly cautious. Mice have been observed removing bait from latch traps without setting them off.
A Professional Can Handle Secondary Pests
Since rodents are only one part of your problem, you can still have issues even if you’re successful at capturing and removing the rodents in a structure on your property. If your property has ticks, fleas, mites, or some other secondary pests, not only will a pest professional alert you to these issues, but you’ll also be given treatment options to address them.
It's Hard To Remember Rodent Control
Once your property is free of rodents, you need to do routine inspections to detect rodent activity or areas where they may be trying to get inside. Life gets busy. Who has time to remember rodent control? When you have ongoing residential pest service that includes rodent inspections, you don’t have to.
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