Rodents be challenging to control, and they present a serious menace to your home. Here’s what you should know about these pests:
- Instincts: wary of things new to their environment, including rat control measures such as traps, poison and bait.
- Disease: Rats can harbor and transmit a number of serious diseases. They can also introduce disease-carrying parasites such as fleas and ticks into your home.
- Access: They invade your home seeking food, water and warmth.
- Contamination: Each mouse can contaminate more food than it eats.
Rodents breed rapidly. Some species breed year-round, and populations are maintained through constant reproduction. Rodents are capable of squeezing through spaces that appear to be much too small for them. All such holes should be sealed.
The feces and urine of some rodents may contaminate surfaces with which they come into contact.
It is not advisable to handle any wild rodent. They are equipped with large teeth and are capable of transmitting a variety of bacteria, viruses and diseases through their saliva, feces and urine.
Keep any possible food sources away from rodents. Small crumbs, uneaten dog food and garbage are popular sources of infestation. These should be kept in sealed metal or glass containers to prevent contamination. Fruits and vegetables should also be stored properly, and resulting waste should never be left in sinks or on counters. Cardboard objects prove attractive to rodents, as they tend to chew them up for use in their nests.
Infestations & Control
Rodents can be extremely difficult to exterminate or trap.
Rodents are known carriers of many diseases and can prove a health hazard to humans. Rodent control is best started prior to infestations.
Rats and mice are a common problem and it is best to get a pest control company to find a solution that suits you.