June 10, 2019

Problems Rodents Cause For Homeowners

It is never a good day when you find out your home has a rodent infestation. For some, this moment comes at night, when you are about to fall asleep and are jolted to attention by the sounds of pitter-pattering footsteps in the ceiling. For others, this moment may come when you see your cat dart across the room after a mouse. Regardless of how you find out that you're dealing with a rodent infestation in your home, one thing is certain. The problems have just begun!

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Problems Rodents Cause

Everyone knows that rodents are annoying pests, but is that all they are? Are the noises they make at night and the food they steal the extent of the problems they cause? Sadly, no. Rodents are one of the more dangerous common household pests, but maybe not in the way you would expect. Rodents are not physically dangerous. They will not bite or scratch unless they feel trapped or threatened. The biggest danger rodents pose comes with the sicknesses they spread. This most often comes in the form of dangerous diseases including Hantavirus, Hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, the plague, and more.

If spreading diseases wasn’t enough, rodents also have the nasty habit of chewing on things they shouldn’t. This often happens when an object is between them and an area they want to go into, hence the holes they chew through walls and ceilings. What you may not know is that these holes are not always the extent of the damage they can cause. Consider for a moment the piping and wiring that travels through the walls of your home. If a rodent with its extremely sharp teeth comes across these items, they have no problem chewing right through. The destruction of these vital items could mean a lot more trouble for your home and could cost you a bundle in home repair costs.

How To Keep Rodents Out

The good news is that if your home does not already have a rodent problem, there are some things you can do to keep them outside where they belong. Consider the following tips if you are looking for ways to rodent-proof your home.

  • Inspect the exterior of your home extensively, looking for any damage that could allow rodents a way to get inside. This could be a crack in the foundation, a hole in your roofline, or even something as simple as an improperly fitted window or door with a gap for rodents to squeeze inside. If you find any, have these areas repaired.
  • As much as possible, keep food out of the reach of rodents. Store leftover and boxed foods inside airtight containers, and clean areas you may usually neglect such as under stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Although it may be difficult to clean in these areas, it is not difficult for rodents to squeeze under them for a quick meal.
  • If doors and windows do not have screens, try not to leave them open for an extended amount of time. Often rodents will sneak inside straight through one of these entry points.

What To Do If Rodents Invade

When it comes to getting rodents out of your southeast Texas home, your best solution lies in the hands of the professionals here at Bill Clark Pest Control. If rodents have gotten past your defenses, give us a call today and let the Bugsperts provide your freedom from rodents with our professional rodent control services.


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