CONFIRMING ITS RODENTS
Confirming it’s a mouse or a rat you’re dealing with can be a little tricky in the early stages of a rodent problem. Once the population grows to a certain point detection is easier, but the name of the game is early detection when dealing with mice and rats to avoid an infestation.
SIGNS YOU ARE DEALING WITH A RODENT
Mice and rats have several distinct sounds you will notice. Rodents are very active and you are going to hear them moving around, this will be a quick, scurrying sound. You will also hear scratching or gnawing noises as well as occasional vocalization.
Check behind the dishwasher, under the sink, in low traffic areas in your basement or up in your attic for mouse feces and chew marks. You may also see tunnelling in your insulation. These are the two best indicators that you are dealing with rodents.
Mice and rats are most active in the middle of the night. They are easily startled so they are usually only active when the house is quiet. Although rodents are a problem all year round, in the early days of winter when the temperature drops you will see a spike in activity as they seek out the warmth of your home.
There are two main concerns when dealing with a rodent problem in your home. Health risks and damage to your property. Both can have devastating consequences for you and your family.
COMMON HEALTH RISKS
- Hantavirus – is contracted through inadvertently being exposed to mouse urine or feces and can be deadly
- Bubonic Plague – spread through the bite of an infected flea, this deadly disease can pose significant health risks
- Tularemia – a disease that affects both humans and rodents and can be contracted through contact with an animal or infected flea or tick, as well as through the feces and urine of rodents.
- Salmonella – a bacteria passed through direct contact with an animal or its feces
- Rat Bite Fever – a bacteria found in urine and feces that is contracted through contact with contaminated surface or substance
- Chewed wires presenting a potential fire hazard
- Fleas and tick infestation in your home
- Contamination from urine and feces
- Damage from chewing
- Insulation soiled and disrupted
- Evidence of previous rodent infestation may be an issue during a home inspection
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HOW WE GET RID OF THEM
We rarely use poison or traps to resolve a rodent issue. These are only used as last resorts in larger commercial or residential structures that are impossible to seal off effectively. For residential properties the process involves the use of a one-way door system, preventative measures, clean up/decontamination and finally repair to any damaged areas.
ONE-WAY DOOR SYSTEM
It may be tempting to save a few dollars and try and fix the problem yourself. This is likely going to prolong the process and increase the risk to your family and property.
- Injury – working at heights and with wild animals is very dangerous
- Damage to your home – attempting to secure your entire building against rodents is very involved. If not done properly you can easily damage the structure.
- Trapping Roddetns – if you’re untrained and attempting to seal up entry points you will trap critters in your home creating a much larger issue.
ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL
- Certified and trained technicians
- Insurance and liability coverage in case of unforeseen problems
- The area will be properly decontaminated
- Proven methods employed to quickly and safely resolve the issue
Your home is one of the largest investments you will ever make. Wasting valuable time and hoping you can resolve the issue yourself will expose you to significant financial and health risks.