How important was it to you to find the right home, with all the things you wanted and needed? Our guess is that it was extremely important. Rodents are the same way--except their list of wants and needs is probably much shorter than yours was. All that rodents need is warmth and safety, especially as we head into the chills of winter. If your Charlotte home is kept warm in winter, and if you have spaces inside your walls, attic, crawl spaces, etc, then rodents will have their needs met if they get into your home.
The Dangers Of Rodents
Rodents are much more than just annoying pests with the way they scamper and make noise at all hours of the night. They are also dangerous and destructive. Born with sharp ever-growing front incisor teeth, rodents are known for chewing through things they shouldn’t such as baseboards, utility piping, and even electrical wiring. You can see where this could cause some issues.
Rodents are also known vectors for dangerous diseases. Some of the disease rodents have been known to spread include hantavirus, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, plague, and tularemia. They spread these diseases through their fecal matter and urine which is left throughout any home they are infesting.
Rodents have also been known to host fleas, ticks, and mites. These tiny parasitic pests, when brought into homes, can transfer onto pets and cause their own set of issues.
How Rodents Get Inside, and How You Can Stop Them
What are rodents? Rodents are crafty creatures that can get into a house in a number of clever ways. Here are a few of the most common ways a rodent might try to get into your home.
- Under a door.
- Through a hole in your home's foundation.
- Through damage to your roofline.
- Down your chimney.
Here are some simple prevention steps you can take to keep rodents from entering your home.
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors
- Seal holes in your home's foundation using wire mesh and a caulking gun.
- Repair damage to the exterior of your home.
- Make sure your chimneys are capped.
- Store leftovers and food packaged in cardboard inside of plastic containers
- Make sure your trash cans all have tight-fitting lids.
- Clean your yard of any debris rodents could use to hide inside or under.
How To Get Rodents Out Once They Get Inside
When homeowners call us about rodents, we always give them the same advice. If you are dealing with just a couple of rodents in your home, you can try using store-bought traps baited with peanut butter. If you suspect you have more than just a couple of rodents, your time and money will likely be wasted trying to solve the problem on your own. Either way, the experts here at ProForce LLC have the tools and skills needed to deal with your rodent infestation. All you have to do is give us a call. We will take care of the rest.