Rodents, also known as Rodentia, comprise 40 percent of the order of mammals and are found in prolific numbers across the United States. In the past century, more than 10 million people have died from rodent-borne diseases. Although rodents are not a major threat to our everyday health, you should be concerned about their potential to transmit disease. By their very nature and design, rodents make excellent vehicles for harboring and rapidly transporting diseases.
Common rodents include mice, voles, moles and rats. Primarily nocturnal, rodents rely on their keen sense of hearing and smell to track down food and avoid predators. Rodent populations will continue to increase in conditions that allow easy access to food and shelter. With their excellent vision, smell, hearing and touch rodents are highly adaptable to homes and indoor buildings. It takes just a 1/4" opening for a mouse to be able to enter a building, so they often have access to many places along a building's perimeter.
Sanitation efforts in conjunction with the services of a professional exterminator provide the best solution to eliminate and prevent rodent infestations. It is important to maintain clean areas where food is stored and keep containers tightly sealed. Inside your home, garage, and basement, these are an excellent way to keep your home rodent free after extermination.
In addition to causing structural damage within a home, rodents harbor many different parasites such as mites and ticks that carry lethal pathogens. Even without parasites, rodents can directly transmit deadly germs excreted in their urine and feces. Rodents can cause both viral and bacterial diseases. Even breathing dust from dried mouse excrement has been linked to Hantavirus.
Inspect your home to identify any signs of rodents in or around your property. Use a good flashlight to determine areas of rodent activity and entry points. Be sure to examine drop ceilings, crawl spaces, basements and garages. Also check heat producing appliances such as water heaters, furnaces and generators.
If you see signs of rodent activity of any sort or you have other reasons to believe they are residing in or around your home, get in touch with us at Bug-N-A-Rug by calling 910-254-9443.