No matter how well maintained your property may be, there is always the possibility that rodents will be able to make their way around or into your home, garage, or storage sheds. They forage for sources of food and water and seek out locations close to these sources to build their nests. They can squeeze through small gaps around windows or doors, cracks in the foundation or walls, chimney tops, torn screens, and areas around vents, allowing them easy entry into your home.
There are two main reasons why it is important to keep rodents under control. Once they are inside, they can cause damage to wires, insulation, drywall, piping, and ductwork, which can lead to costly repairs. Rodents also pose a health problem since they can transmit diseases such as salmonella, rat bite fever, Leptospirosis, dysentery, hantavirus, and bubonic plague.
There are many species of rats in the U.S. such as the Norway rat, also known as the brown rat, marsh rice rat, wood rat, and the roof rat, also known as a black rat. The two most common to homes are the Norway rat and roof rat. Regardless of the type, you do not want them inside your home or infesting other buildings or structures on your property.
Rats are significantly larger than mice. Their body ranges in size from 6 to 9 inches long, not including their tail. Like other warm-blooded animals, rats seek indoor habitation for warmth during colder months. Rats can create a hazardous situation, and potentially a fire, if they end up chewing on wiring in your home. Rats are also carriers of ticks and fleas, which if left unchecked, could quickly turn into an infestation, affecting your home and pets.
Mice species include the deer mouse, white footed mice, western harvest mouse, and the house mouse, which is the most common. In general, mice are much smaller than rats. Mice tend to be 2.5 to 3.75 inches long, not including the tail. Like rats, mice also look for food and water sources year-round. When the seasons change from warm to cool, mice will also begin their search for shelter and secure nesting places.
Mice are also notorious for the damage they can cause by gnawing on electrical wiring, personal belongings or the structure of your home. For example, if they inhabit the attic, insulation is at risk of being torn and chewed. Mice also get between the walls, which gives them access to the wiring in your home. If they’re not chewing, you may hear them running through the attic or making noise behind the wall.
Rodents, like rats and mice, bring health threats. Not only are mice transmitters of disease and parasites, but they also leave behind feces and urine. To help prevent rodents from invading your home, our expert team at Schendel Pest Services can get an infestation under control and help prevent future invasions.
There are numerous products on the shelves at local stores promoting do-it-yourself rodent control. While a trap or repellent product may discourage a rodent or two, removing and eliminating an infestation yourself is much more difficult and can be very costly. The best course of action is to call a professional pest management company to help. Our trained professionals will perform a thorough inspection of your home or business, and recommend the best of course of action. This could include exclusion, traps, bait stations, or a combination of these methods.
Hiring a professional to get rodents under control helps protect your investment (your home), creates a safer and healthier environment, and provides you with peace of mind. Our services ensure these benefits are in place from start to finish beginning with a thorough inspection of your home. For help with rodent control, contact our team of professionals for a free inspection, and we’ll take care of it from there.
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