Mice, rats, and squirrels are the most common rodents that will make a home out of your house. Once they’re there, they can do significant damage to the wood, leave unsanitary droppings, and even steal your food. While unsanitary conditions are a major draw for rodents, that isn’t the only reason they’re fond of homes. Houses offer them a safe place away from the elements and warmth in the winter months. In order to deal with rodents, you must only take out the nest, but you have to ensure all entry paths into your home are shored up and sealed off.
Elevate Pest Control helps Parker, CO residents manage all their rodent problems. Not only can we ensure that the nest is eradicated from your home, we will make sure that it doesn’t come back. To set up an appointment, simply give us a call or contact us online!
Rats and Mice
While there are literally thousands of rodents, many of which are adorable, mice and rats can wreak havoc on your home. They generally get into your home through cracks in your foundation and once they’ve set up a nest, they’re difficult to get rid of.
They generally like places that most folks will find very difficult to access themselves. This includes crawlspaces, air ducts, and in between your walls. These spots are perfect for rodents precisely because people have difficulty accessing them.
Once they’ve set up a nest, they will go about looking for food. This can mean getting into the cupboards or going through the trash. Rodent droppings are a sure sign that there are rodents afoot. In some cases, you will be able to track their trail back to their nest.
DIY Methods of Rodent Control
If you’re thinking about setting up mouse traps, you should know that they won’t work if you have a rat infestation. Additionally, mice and rats are attracted to different kinds of foods complicating the process for those who think they can go it alone. Rat points may work to an extent, but for families with children, you will need to be careful. Additionally, rat poison may reduce or control the rat population without actually reducing it to zero.
Professional Methods of Rodent Control
The first part of any extermination is to conduct a thorough inspection of your property. One way that you can help yourself is by ensuring that all cereals and other foods are locked away in a place that your rodents can’t access. Almost all rodents are very fond of cereals, so making it more difficult for them to access a food source will discourage them from remaining in your home.
We will attempt to identify where the rodents are coming in from in order to ensure that they cannot return once they are gone. Beforehand, we will place non-toxic traps around and monitor where the rodents are making their nests. This is especially effective when they are in impossible-to-reach areas like your walls.
Diseases Transmitted by Rodents and Their Droppings
If rodents have set up a nest in your home, it’s something you want to get on top of right away. The sooner you do so, the better. Feral rodents and rodent droppings can carry any of a number of diseases. A sizeable number of them are not pleasant at all. These include:
- Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. The hantavirus can be spread by either deer mice or cotton rats. Both are found in abundance throughout North and South America. The hantavirus is spread through inhaling dust contaminate with rodent urine or droppings. Direct contact with urine or droppings can also spread the virus. HPS is a respiratory disease that can sometimes be fatal.
- Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. This disease occurs mostly in Europe and Asia, but it is exactly as scary as it sounds. Patients will generally need round the clock care to maintain their fluid levels. Between 5% and 15% of the cases are fatal.
- Tularemia. This disease is carried by rodents. People can become infected in a number of different ways including tick bites or eating contaminated food. In some cases, the disease can be spread if you mow over the carcass of an infected animal. Treatment involves a heavy dose of antibiotics.
Talk to a Local Rodent Control Specialist Today
Rodent infestations are not something that you want to procrastinate on fixing. They can cause major damage to your home and put you and your family at risk. Elevate Pest Control in Colorado can help eliminate the infestation and prevent it from recurring. Give us a call and set up an appointment today.
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