Rodents

 

Mice may be cute in the cartoons, but when they’re chewing on your wires and ripping up your insulation, they’re anything but! Mice, rats, voles, and other rodents are unwelcome pests in your house, but protecting against them is usually harder than it seems.

How Do You Know if There’s a Rodent Around?

There are a few signs that will tell you if you have a mouse or rat infestation on your hands… beyond the obvious of having a rodent scurry across your floor, that is.

  • Droppings (little rod-shaped pellets)
  • Gnaw marks (around insulation, wires, plyboard, paper, and boxes)
  • Scratching sounds, especially in the evening and early morning
  • Nest, or scraps of nesting material
  • Musty smell

How Do Rodents Get into the House?

Mice, rats, voles, and other rodentslike being close to your food and the warmth that your house provides. They can sneak in through holes that you didn’t even realize were there, and much smaller than you thought they could fit through, and they often gnaw, dig, and burrow in order to make passages that weren’t even there before. They like to nestle into houses during the cold winter months, and if you live close to fields, they’ll come scurrying over when the fields are in harvest mode and the machines are turning them out of their homes.

The Problems with Do-It-Yourself Techniques

Traps are limited in area, need to be checked every day, and they can only catch one creature at a time. Considering how fast rodents reproduce, traps often don’t get the job done. Often, we need to find the actual source of the rodents, tracking down their nests. Locating the actual nest of a rodent can be tricky, since they tend to burrow in hard-to-reach places, underground, in the rafters or attic, in the insulation between walls, etc.

Rodent Hazards to Your House

Rodents can wreak havoc on your house, often in places that you don’t even see the damage until it’s a huge and costly problem. They like to gnaw on drywall, paper, cardboard, insulation around pipes or in the walls, and even wooden beams. They also contaminate your food, rip open packages, and can make a mess of your pantry when they go foraging. One of the most dangerous problems is that they often chew on electrical wiring. This might make your electric system go haywire, or start fires when the insulated covering of the wires is gone.

Rodent Hazards to Your Health

Mice, rats, voles, and other rodentsare carriers of bacteria, parasites, and viruses. They leave urine all over the place in order to leave pheromonal signals for themselves and other creatures, and that urine can also carry disease. Here are some diseases that you risk with a rodent infestation:

    • Leptospirosis is caused by inhaling fecal matter left by rats and mice, and can cause liver damage, and severe cardiovascular problems.
    • Hantavirus is a dangerous disease carried by airborne fecal matter or bodies of rodents. It can cause death in people if it’s not treated quickly and it initially manifests itself as the flu.
    • Rat scratch fever. Despite its name, it’s carried by both rats and mice, and is transmitted by bites, or by contact with dead rodents.
    • Dander from mice and rats often causes bad allergic reactions in humans.
    • Salmonellosis can be caused by ingesting food that has been contaminated by mouse or rat droppings.

From gophers to voles to mice, rodents are certainly undesirables in your home and yard. SmartGuard will utilize specific techniques to tackle your rodent problem. Treatment typically includes the setting of traps and the subsequent monitoring. Note that voles and rats breed more quickly than gophers, so they may be a little more tricky and take longer to completely treat. SmartGuard is committed to continuing returning until you are satisfied with your results.

To Protect Your House against Rodent Infestations:

First, seal up all openings well, even small holes around utility lines, and areas that might be underground that you don’t think are a risk. Secondly, keep all of your food well-stored, clean, and fully enclosed. This will decrease your chances of attracting rodents.

If you’d like to know more about how different types of rodents pose a threat to your home or business, click here.

If you already have an infestation, we can help. Our years of experience in the area has taught us how to deal with this problem in an efficient and professional manner. Give us a call today.

More Information about Rodents

For more information about specific rodents that may be in your home, see the links below:

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