The Dangers Of Rats And Mice In Your Home
Rodents in your home pose three different dangers – all of them serious. The most significant danger posed by rodents is likely the diseases they spread. Rats and mice in Plymouth carry dozens of pathogens, some of which can make you very ill. Common illnesses that rats and mice can spread include salmonella, leptospirosis, rat bite fever, and hantavirus.
Rats and mice can also indirectly infect you with other serious illnesses by infesting your property with the parasites they carry. For example, it's extremely common for rats and mice to carry ticks. Ticks can spread Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Both of these illnesses can lead to lifelong disabilities if not treated early. On rare occasions, they can even be deadly.
The third way that rats and mice pose a threat when they infest your property is by damaging the property itself. All rodents have two pairs of incisors that never stop growing. Rats and mice have to constantly chew on hard items to grind down their teeth, and this can lead to chewing on everything from plumbing to siding to electrical wiring. Not only does the chewing itself cause damage, but rats and mice chewing on live electrical wiring have even started house fires.
Why It's So Tough To Get Rid Of Rodents On Your Own
Rodent control can be extremely difficult to accomplish on your own for a variety of reasons. First, common rodent control products are often ineffective or even dangerous. For example, snap traps only eliminate one rodent at a time before you have to reset them. Even worse, common rat pellets are highly toxic to pets and people, as well as to rats and mice. If your dog or cat gets into rat bait, this could easily harm or kill your beloved pet. To say nothing of what might happen if a small child accesses the bait.
Another reason that it's very difficult to get rid of rodents that invade your home is their reproductive speed. Rats and mice can replace themselves at a truly astounding rate. By the time you eliminate an adult rat or mouse, the likelihood that it has already replaced itself with more breeding individuals is very high. It can easily overwhelm your efforts to deal with an infestation on your own.
Our Rodent Control Process
The best way to get rid of rodents is with professional rodent control services. Here at Combat Pest Control, our rodent experts know exactly how to eliminate rodent infestations from your home in their entirety and ensure they'll never come back again. We start by thoroughly inspecting your home's interior and exterior. This inspection helps us determine the species of rodent infesting your home and identifies the entry points they're using to gain access.
Next, we'll set up specialized rodent control stations around your home if you already have an infestation. These stations will safely and effectively control the rat and mouse population in your home. We can also help you identify conducive conditions that could attract mice or rats to your property to ensure you avoid getting an infestation in the first place.
For over 20 years, our locally owned pest control company has provided the best rodent control in the Plymouth area. So rest assured that no matter what kind of rodent or how many are in your home, we can take care of the problem!
Winter Mice Control Service
- Rodent inspection of the interior and exterior of the property
- Identify potential problems and possible entry points
- Determine a comprehensive plan of action
- Set-up mouse bait stations where needed
- Perform follow-up visit(s) to insure success
- 6 month service warranty on mice control services
A Rodent-Free Day Is Just A Phone Call Away
You may not be able to perform rodent extermination with very much success on your own, but you can take mouse and rat prevention steps. To make your house less attractive to mice and rats, just follow a few best practices:
- Keep all indoor and outdoor trash cans covered at all times.
- Store foods either in the fridge or in airtight containers in the pantry.
- Use metal rodent mesh to block potential entryways into your home, like ventilation openings and crawl spaces.
- Get rid of ground-level water sources like kiddie pools and bird baths.
- Consider using scare tactics like fake owls and hawks around your property.
If these tactics don't keep you from ending up with a rodent infestation, don't hesitate to call us here at Combat Pest Control. We know how to combat even the toughest rat or mouse infestation. Don't let destructive and disease-ridden rodents take over your house. Give us a call or visit our contact page to get started today.