As homes get older, they become more susceptible to rodent invasion. Over time, general wear and tear opens up entryways that rodents can use to get inside. Small cracks in your foundation get bigger; wood rots, leaving holes; and joints shift, creating gaps in your home's structure. The question is, are you doing everything in your power to repel rodents from settling into your home? If not, we are here to help.
Common Home-Invading Rodents
There are many different kinds of rodents that invade homes. Here in New Castle, our most common rodent invaders include house mice, voles, roof rats, and Norway rats. These pests all share a few things in common such as their sharp teeth, clever nature, and propensity to cause trouble.
Risks That Come With Rodents
You probably already know that rodents are trouble. What you might not know is how they are trouble. You can tell they are destructive by the holes they chew through walls, but did you know that rodents have been known to chew through electrical wires, utility piping, and many other things that you cannot see? The general rule is, if it is in their way, they will try to chew through it.
Rodents are dangerous in the way that they can spread diseases through their fecal matter and bacteria carried on their bodies. Some of the most common diseases rodents have been known to spread include hantavirus, plague, tularemia, and salmonellosis.
To top it all off, rodents can bring in other pests such as ticks and fleas when they invade. These tiny parasitic insects cause their own slew of issues to both people and pets alike, infesting homes, and spreading disease with their bites. Needless to say, you do not want rodents or their parasites running around freely in your New Castle home.
Our Top 3 Rodent-Prevention Tips
Keep your yard clutter-free and well maintained and make sure your trashcans are tightly sealed. The less shelter and scavenging opportunities rodents have on your property, the further away from your home they will be, and the less chance they will have to invade.
Investigate the exterior of your home for any damage or holes that might allow rodents a way inside. Fill in smaller openings using wire mesh and a caulking gun. Larger damage may need more extensive repair work.
Keep your home as clean as possible. If rodents aren’t able to feed themselves if they get inside your home, they are not likely to stick around. Some practical ways you can do this is by picking up pet bowls, storing leftover food in places rodents cannot gain access to it, and repackaging food stored in cardboard boxes into larger plastic containers.
How To Get Rid Of Rodents
Once rodents have invaded, eliminating them can be tricky. You can try using store-bought traps baited with peanut butter to reduce rodent populations and potentially fully eliminate smaller infestations, but for larger rodent problems, you are going to want professional help. Here at Green Pest Management, we offer just that. We have the skills and equipment needed to quickly and effectively get your home rodent-free and we would be happy to share our success with you.
Would you like to schedule a service visit with one of our friendly technicians or do you have questions about our methods? Give us a call today!