Do your pets act weird lately? Do you notice some dropping behind appliances and in cupboards or closets? Do you smell urine odors? Have you noticed any rub and gnaw marks? Do you hear scampering noises?
Watch out! you may have mice or rats in your house!!!
Rodents (from Latin rodere, ‘to chew’ or to ‘to gnaw’), about 40% of all mammal species are rodents, they are about 4,660 species. Rodents are commensal mammals, this means “eating at the same table” in human social interaction.
But why are rodents so bad?
Rodents are reservoirs for many fatal diseases including dysentery, salmonella, plague, and gastroenteritis. They can easily contaminate foods and spread bacteria through contact with food, dropping, and urine.
Moreover, they are responsible for causing domestic fires. Rodents are known for chewing walls, eating up ventilation systems, and gnawing electrical wires. This may cause electrical appliances to overheat and short circuits causing hazardous fires inside your walls.
In addition, rodents are responsible for contaminating the air you breathe. Ventilation systems are the first place where a professional pest control service company will look into. Rodents can contaminate the ventilation system with their droppings and urine and the stinky smell of dead rodents, causing very nauseating odors that can jeopardize your health.
So How to Prevent rodent infestations?
Now it’s late fall and early winter, mice, and rats tend to move to warmer places seeking shelter and food while escaping from the freezing winter in Milton. Mice and rats are flexible enough to enter from a crack or hole in the size of a dime. Check out our previous blog Is your home ready for wintertime pests
First, you need to locate and seal all the entry locations:
- Roof: Overlapping roof, opening in the roof, space between roof jack and vent pipe metal flashing around the vent, and a leaning chimney are all easy welcoming entrances for rodents.
- Sewers: rodents are excellent swimmers, inspect any broken or open building sewers and be careful about the toilets too.
- Untrimmed tree branches: Rodents are good climbers and jumpers, trim all the nearby house branches.
- Walls: Rodents are burrowers too. Gap under the garage door, open wooden meter boxes and crawl holes are all free ticket entrances for a mouse or a rat.
Then you need to clean up and not make your house a tempting colony for rodents.
- Store pet food in a metal-tight sealed container.
- Store your food in a rat-proof container.
- Pick up the fallen fruit from your garden.
- keep your trash can covered and tightly sealed and at least 20 feet away from your home and take your trash out every night.
- Clean any food crumbs.
- Don’t keep your food leftover uncovered.
I found a rat in my house. What to do?
Rats and mice when they are not eating they are having sex or giving birth. One female rodent can give birth to a colony within a few weeks. Moreover, they are sneaky, flexible, jumpers, swimmers, climbers, and burrowers. In other words, they are hard to catch, if you catch one there are tens of them that are damaging your house walls, furniture, electrical wire, and appliances.
Stay safe and call your local pest control services on (416) 453-2444.
What does Acme Pest Solutions do?
We assure you that we will inspect the rodent’s entrances to prevent any from colonizing your home again and to prevent any future infestations. We have years of experience and specialization in controlling pests and any kind of rodents such as rats, mice, squirrels, and raccoons. Simply, we can destroy all the rodents damaging your home. Email us at email@example.com to book a home inspection. For more information https://www.acmepestsolutions.com/