Rodents may make excellent pets (according to some people), but you definitely don’t want your home to become a refuge for the ones that live outside. Not only can these pests be a real annoyance, but they also pose serious health hazards. Some homeowners don’t know what rodent exclusion services entail nor do they understand why rodent control is so important (past the “ick factor,” of course), so let’s go over a few facts about rodent exclusion and control.
Rodent exclusion is basically a process of pest control where experts make small alterations to your home that are specifically designed to keep rodents outside. This will involve a careful examination of your home to identify any areas that mice or rats can fit through and seal them off. They’ll also concentrate on areas inside your home where, if the rodents do get inside somehow, they won’t be able to gain access to your walls or cabinets.
Homeowners often understand that rodent control must be taken seriously at all times, but there’s a good chance you’ve never thought about all of the reasons why. Here are a few examples of what rodents, primarily mice and rats, are capable of:
Rodents love to chew through objects and your home will provide them with many things to sink their teeth into. They’ll gnaw holes in wood, cardboard boxes, electronic equipment, and basically anything that they come into contact with. When the weather turns cold, they may even get into your garage, climb up into your vehicle’s engine, and chew through some of the essential wirings.
Rodents that live outside are dirty and gross. Since they’ll be inside your home in search of food, it won’t take long before they chew into a box of pasta, a loaf of bread, or anything else you have lying around. They’ll get a nice meal, but the food will be contaminated, which means that you’ll have to throw the entire thing away, wasting time and money.
Several diseases are commonly associated with rodents, which can make them very dangerous for everyone in your household, including pets. Rodents can carry hantavirus, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and other diseases. Plus, rodents are known carriers of rabies.
It may sound strange to think that a small rodent could cause a fire to break out at your home, but when you think about it, it makes complete sense. As stated earlier, rodents like to chew through things, including wires. If this happens and you start using whatever piece of equipment the wire is attached to, this could ignite a fire. This can be especially dangerous because rodents are nocturnal, which means the fire could break out while your family is asleep.
What’s even worse than a single rodent getting into your home? The fact that there’s a strong likelihood that they will be bringing tiny bugs along with them. Because of the dirt and filth that rodents are often around during the day, they could have mites, ticks, fleas, and other such parasites. What starts out as just a single rodent could end up creating a full-on infestation in your household.
Rodents can present your household with several harmful situations, which is why expulsion and extermination are an essential part of caring for your household. If you’re searching for reliable pest control services, McDonald Pest Control can protect you against rodents, insects, arachnids, and other such pests that have decided to invade your property. Set up an appointment online or give us a call at (727) 734-0963 to schedule a no-cost consultation for rodent control services.