Rodents Make Terrible Houseguests

1/20/2016


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Both rats and mice will take advantage of a free place to call home. They can be problematic in Kansas homes all year long, but can be particularly problematic during the colder winter months. Starting in late fall rodents will start searching for a place to live and nest that provides them with a safe, warm shelter and access to an all-they-can eat food source. If you don’t take precautions as a homeowner the next place they call home could be your house, garage, shed, or even family car.

The experts at Schendel want to help you understand just how serious a rodent infestation can be and what damages that they can inflict and what diseases they can introduce. The more you know about these pesky pests the more you can do to help stop them from getting into your home and the faster you can get help for a problem!

Once a mouse or rat gets into your home they will find a safe place to stay. They can usually be found living behind walls, in attics, in basement areas, and crawl spaces. Rodents have a constant need to chew and will damage and destroy things like wires, pipes, drywall, flooring, pictures, furniture, clothing, pictures, and books. They will locate a food and water source in your home and leave trails of urine and feces from their nest to it. Along with introducing themselves into your home, they will introduce serious diseases including: dysentery, salmonellosis, Leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, rat bite fever, and more. They will also bring with them other pests like fleas, mites, and ticks and the diseases they carry. The bottom line is that mice and rats are bad news in your home.

While mice and rats often invade homes, they will invade other areas located on your property as well. Mice and rats often get into garages and sheds. These are places where homeowners often store bird seed and dry pet food that they can use a food source. These areas also often have a lot of “stuff” in them that allow mice and rat to live, damage, and nest in unnoticed.

Cars are another place where mice and rats often decide to hide; and, think about it, if you were a rodent, a car would seem like the perfect place to hide. A parked car is dry, warm, may provide food sources, and has a lot of nooks and crannies to hide in. Rodents can cause a lot of costly damage to cars by chewing through wires, air-filters, and like items. They will also leave behind their signature trails of urine and feces throughout it.

Now that you know just how invading and damaging rodents are, how do you stop them and prevent their damages and the diseases they spread? The answer is simple- with the help of a rodent control professional! At Schendel, our experts can provide rodent control services through our Premium Care program. This program provides year-round pest control services that include quarterly visits and intensive interior and exterior treatments to eliminate and control problems with rodents and other pests in your Kansas home during the winter, spring, summer, or fall!

Just call Schendel today, for more information about our residential pest control services and how we can help control rodents on your Kansas property!




 

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