Rodents are a part of nature that most sane people would rather keep outside the walls of their home, where it belongs. Once they get inside your house, a rat or a mouse will cause significant damage to its structure, spread multiple contagious diseases, and do their best to contaminate the food you have stored around the place. Add to that the speed with which rodents multiply. A single mouse will have litters 8 to 12 big every five weeks after turning two months, and it's plain to see that a rodent infestation is not something to take lightly.
Let's take a quick look at the types of rodents you might face in your Garden City home, how to keep rodents out of your house and where to find quality pest control in Garden City.
Habits And Behaviors Of Common Rodents
Rodents looking to sneak into your Garden City home are motivated by two simple desires; food and shelter. When the weather starts to get cold, and their normal food sources start to dry up, mice and rats head to the warmth and abundance of your home and pantry.
Unfortunately for us as homeowners, rodents are exceptionally capable of infiltrating our homes. A mouse can squeeze through an opening the size of a nickel and run up a vertical wall to get inside your house. A roof rat will balance along a phone wire leading into your home or chew a hole through the drywall and plywood of your walls.
Rodents are nocturnal and expert at staying out of sight, so by the time you spot signs of them, the infestation it's in advanced stages.
Why Rodents Around Your Home Can Be Dangerous
As soon as rodents in Garden City establish themselves in your house, they take to gnawing on walls and furniture. All rodent's teeth grow continuously, up to 14 inches a year, so to keep them manageable, they chew on just about anything in the vicinity.
Rats and mice also carry a number of serious and contagious diseases and illnesses, such as:
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM)
- Rat-bite fever
- Cowpox virus
Ticks and fleas that hitchhike into your house on the backs of rodents bring with them a whole other set of pathogens and bacteria.
How To Remove Factors That Attract Rodents To Your Home
Once these little invaders settle into your house, it's next to impossible to dislodge them without professional help so let's take a look at a few tips to make your home less desirable to rodents:
- Keep human, and pet food sealed and stored in glass or metal containers.
- Cut back the vegetation from your outdoor walls and remove debris.
- Move stacks of firewood away from the house.
- Seal any openings in the outside walls bigger than a nickel and cover ducts and vents with steel mesh.
- Make sure trash is in tightly sealed trash cans.
If rodents find their way into your home despite your efforts, it is time to get a Garden City rodent control professional involved!
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Rodents And Keep Them Out
An experienced pest control professional will determine what type of rodent made your house their home and develop a species-specific plan to get them out.
If your house is dealing with a rodent problem, give Pied Piper Pest Control a call today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Garden City.
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