All The Problems Rodents Bring To Your Wilmington Home

December 4, 2020

The National Pest Management Association released a statistic that 30% of homes in the south deal with rodent infestations. The residents of Wilmington are no exception. Year-round, many homes are infiltrated by Wilmington’s most common rodents---mice and rats. Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators is here to help you identify the hazards of these rodents and protect your home with an effective pest control program.

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Structural Damage To Your Home Or Business

While mice and rats are common (and even cute) the structural damage they can cause to your home is quite serious. How do these little creatures accomplish so much damage? They chew everything. Both mice and rats have four incisor teeth. These incisors continuously grow throughout a rodent's life. For this reason, they gnaw to keep their front teeth ground down, kind of like humans use fingernail clippers to trim their nails. If these rodents don’t chew and gnaw on materials, they starve when their teeth become too large and puncture their mouths. Yikes.
 
They will chew their way through your pantry: cereal boxes, bags of flour, rice, etc. Studies from NPMA show that the kitchen is their favorite locale, where they will leave trails of feces and urine in and around food-storage areas. Furthermore, mice and rats will gnaw their way through clothing, pictures, computer cords, and furniture. And insulation and the pipes in your home can become a target. These pests even gnaw through wood and drywall. When rodents destroy insulation around appliances, utility bills can skyrocket.
 
The greatest threat to your home and loved ones comes when rodents chew on electrical wiring. Industry estimates suggest that 20% of fires started by an unknown cause are actually caused by rodents. The risk of electrical fires exponentially increases when rats and mice are in your home or business.

Mice And Rats Are Health Hazards

Chewing on your home’s electrical wires is not the only threat. Rats and mice are notorious for the diseases they spread. The Centers for Disease Control cites over 26 diseases that can be directly or indirectly transmitted by these rodents. Some of the directly transmittable diseases include the plague, hemorrhagic fever, and salmonellosis. Many of these diseases are transmitted through the consumption of rodent urine and fecal pellets, which they leave all over your home. Rodents also indirectly transport harmful parasites like ticks, lice, and fleas. Theses parasites can carry debilitating illnesses like Lyme disease and typhus, which if left untreated can cause organ damage or paralysis. If those health hazards aren’t concerning enough, the presence of rats and mice in your home can sometimes trigger asthma attacks and aggravate allergies.

Rodent Proof your Home

What can you do about a rodent infestation in your Wilmington home? Perhaps you have seen a “harmless” mouse or two. While the problem may seem manageable now, the presence of rats and mice in your home will escalate quickly. Mice and rats have a short gestation period, which means females can have up to twelve young every three weeks. One or two mice can turn into an infestation in a matter of months.
 
That’s where Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators can help. The most effective way to protect your home from rodents is to reach out to the experts. Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators and their team of experts have been providing residential and commercial services in the Wilmington community for two decades.
 
Our team is ready to meet your needs. We offer free evaluations for Wilmington homes and businesses. Let our family help yours. Call us today!

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