Rodents are some of the most common home-invading pests in the world. And many people do not know just how dangerous a rodent infestation in a home can be. Moreover, when facing a rodent infestation, many people elect to take care of it on their own. However, effectively eliminating a rodent infestation is no easy task. And the longer a rodent infestation is allowed to persist, the more you expose yourself to potential harm. It is important for you to know effective rodent control solutions that you can rely on to keep your Centerton home free of these dangerous pests.
Identifying Common Area Rodents
There are over 1,500 different rodent species in the world. Here in Centerton, you only need to worry about a couple of them, primarily rats and mice. Although both are common home invaders, you will either have one or the other, almost never both.
Rats, the larger of the two, can grow to be over a foot long including their tails. They are usually gray, brown, or black, and their ears and tails are devoid of fur.
Mice only grow to be a few inches long. They are generally dust gray or brown and they have cream-colored bellies. Unlike rats, mice have felt-like fur on their ears and tails.
Both rats and mice, and all rodents for that matter, have large front incisors that grow continuously throughout their lives. In an effort to keep their teeth from overgrowing, they will almost constantly gnaw on objects.
Threats Posed By Rodent Infestations
As rodents need to constantly chew on objects to keep their teeth from overgrowing, they can cause serious damage to the inside of a home. They have been known to chew on wiring, piping, drywall, furniture, clothing, and just about anything else they can get their teeth into.
Plus rodents are known to carry and spread a wealth of different diseases. They can spread harmful bacteria and human pathogens with their feces, urine, and saliva. Some diseases that rodents spread include salmonellosis, hantavirus, LCM, tularemia, plague, and rat-bite fever.
Rodents can also introduce other pests into your home. That’s because rodents are often carriers of parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites. If a rodent carrying these enters your property, the new parasites can spread throughout your home, making your pest problems worse.
The Pitfalls Of DIY Rodent Control
When facing rodent infestations, many people think they can rely upon traditional methods such as traps to take care of the problem. However, these methods aren’t very effective when it comes to eliminating entire infestations. Not only will rodents actively avoid traps, but their numbers grow constantly which traps typically can’t keep up with. The longer rodents are in your home, the more exposed you are to their potential threats. Therefore, relying on traps to take care of the problem only puts you in more danger than you ought to be.
The Most Effective Rodent Control Solution
If you are facing a rodent infestation in your home, contact the professionals here at Alder Pest Control and ask about our Mouse & Rat Control Program. This includes an inspection of your home for affected areas, a treatment of those areas, and finally, sealing off potential entry points to protect your home from future infestations. Don’t let rodents threaten the health and safety of your family. Give us a call today.