Common Rodent Types & Species; How to Prevent Mice & Rats from Entering your Home
Rodents can become a giant headache to any home owner that is dealing with their presence. Identifying early signs of rodent activity in your home is extremely critical. Rodents are an unwelcome and harmful house guest that can quickly become a significant problem. For instance, one pair of mice can produce up to two hundred offspring in just four months. Once rodents have gained access into your home, it will not take them long to begin building a nest where they feel safe and secure. It will also not be long before they are multiplying at an extremely rapid rate, turning your home into their home.
Common Rodents such as Rats and Mice
The most common types of rodents that come into human contact are the house mouse, the Norway rat and the roof rat. Not only can these rodents do a great deal of damage to your home chewing through electrical wiring, eating insulation and biting out chunks of drywall; they also pose a serious health threat to you and your family. Rodents can transmit more than thirty five diseases and introduce disease, carrying parasites like fleas, ticks and lice. While a mouse may look soft and friendly, it can do some serious damage when it comes to your health and the structural integrity of your house.
How to Prevent Rodents from Entering your Home
Rodents can get into your home fairly easily if you are not properly prepared to combat their advances. Mice can enter into a home by squeezing itself through gaps that are as small as two centimeters wide, while rats can squeeze through openings as small as three centimeters wide. Noticing rodent activity early on is important, however in most cases, home owners only notice rodent activity after there is already a heavy infestation occurring within the walls of their home.
Signs of Rodent Infestations
There are a few obvious signs that rodents leave behind that can alert you that your home may be in trouble. Look for rub marks, burrows and black droppings around your home. Mouse poop is about the size of a grain of rice and rat droppings are closer to the size of a raisin. If you think you are eating a raisin, you may want to double check, just in case. Other sure signs that your home is hosting a slew of rodents are sounds and sights of chewing in the walls, attic, and subfloor, especially at night time. These sounds also may be accompanied by a foul odor. If you come across any of these issues, your home may be hosting a serious rodent infestation. Contact Pest Control Technicians today to eliminate the presence of rodents in your home.
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