When it comes to mice and other rodents, you simply cannot afford to mess around. These clever pests are persistent, destructive and downright dangerous.
What Attracts Rodents to Your Home?
Your home is a ready source of shelter, warmth, food and water, and rodents crave those things just as much as people do. They will enter your home through any gap that they can fit through, and if they find a gap that they cannot quite fit in, then they'll use their sharp teeth to enlarge it and gain entrance.
Where Are Rodents Likely to Hide?
Rodents seem to know that humans won't put out the welcome mat for them, so they do their best to not announce their presence. They spend the majority of their time in hidden places where people rarely go. These can include basements, crawlspaces, attics and the spaces behind walls. However, mice and other rodents often venture into kitchens and pantries in search of food and water.
Even if you don't see a mouse or rodent, you may see evidence of an infestation. Warning signs that indicate rodents have moved into your home include:
- Squealing, squeaking or rustling from areas where rodents like to hide
- Evidence of chewing on food packaging
- Droppings and the musky smell of rodent urine
- Holes chewed through walls or floors
- Disturbed insulation in the attic
- Piles of nesting materials like shredded paper
What Damage Do Rodents Cause?
When dealing with rodents, the potential for damage is extremely high. Their love of gnawing can harm your woodwork and other physical structures in your home. They have also been known to chew through electrical wiring. Damaged wiring can result in electrical problems and even spark a fire that threatens both your property and the people who live there. In addition, rodents can pose a serious threat to your health because they can carry ticks, fleas and numerous illnesses. Their droppings and urine can harbor all kinds of viruses and bacteria, and even their nests are dangerous because disturbing them can launch harmful substances into the air that you're breathing.
Founded in 1974, Venice Pest Control is committed to serving the people of Florida's Charlotte and Sarasota counties with pest control services that are honest, dependable and excellent. A family-owned and -operated local business, we understand that every property has different needs, so we offer a wide range of effective treatments suitable for commercial and residential properties. You can count on our team of certified pest management professionals to inspect your property carefully, identify your problem and recommend the appropriate treatment. If you are being troubled by rodents or other pests, don't hesitate. Contact Venice Pest Control today.