Did you know that almost 15 million households reported seeing rodents in their homes last year? Mice and rats are more common than you think, and they might be living in your home right now.
You might be thinking “So what? Rodents are cute, so why should I care?”
Domesticated rodents are cute, but pests are not. They can cause some serious damage! Let’s talk about it.
Read on to learn all about why a rodent infestation is nothing to joke about.
Rodents Can Destroy Walls and Floors
If you have rodents in the house, but you’re not sure where they’re nesting, there’s a good chance that they’ve tucked themselves into a cozy space in the walls. That’s right, even if you can’t see them, they might be right next to you as you read this.
Mice, rats, and even squirrels can scratch and gnaw through your walls and roof to get into new hiding places. They also can get into your floors and rip up the carpet.
Once they’ve nested, they’ll leave to find food elsewhere in your home before returning to their spot. When the rodents die, they’ll still be in your walls. Often, the first sign of rodents that people notice is the smell.
If you hear quiet scraping noises in your walls, it’s a sign that there are rodents invading and it’s time to hire pest control services.
Rodents Can Make You Sick
Rodents won’t just damage your home. They can also make you, your family, and your pets sick.
Rodents are in your home because they’ve identified a food source there. You may have an open garbage can, scraps on the floor, pet food out in the open, or just normal food in the pantry that isn’t in sealed containers. None of this means that your home is dirty; it just means that it’s rodent-friendly.
When rodents grab your food (or your pets’ food), they’re not polite enough to simply grab it and go. Bacteria from their saliva, urine, and feces can get into your food.
Some types of rodents carry harmful viruses that can spread to humans or other animals. A rodent infestation is going to put the health of your entire household at risk.
Rodents Can Damage Your Belongings
If you have anything in your home that you value, you might want to keep an eye out for rodents. Rodents can damage important documents, appliances, furniture, and more.
Rodents gnaw on everything that they can find. Even if they don’t plan on eating the object in question, they may try to burrow into it (large pieces of furniture make great burrowing spots for rodents) or tear off pieces for their nests.
They can chew through wires, plastic, fabric, and more.
The first signs of rodents are sometimes small teeth marks on wires or shreds of paper.
A Rodent Infestation Is a Big Deal
A rodent infestation can damage your house, ruin your belongings, and make you and your family sick. If you suspect that there might be some furry invaders in your home, it’s time to look into rodent removal.
At Rebel Pest Control, our experienced pest control experts are ready to rid your home of pests. Contact us so we can start helping you today.