Rodents are one of the most common pest species in the world, with over 21 million households reporting rodent problems in the U.S. each year. No matter where we are from, we’re familiar with the famous movie scenes depicting a scared homeowner jumping up onto the furniture to get away from the squeaking mouse scurrying through their feet. The infamous scratching of rats hiding behind the drywall or silhouettes of them running along the fence line of the yard can get anyone’s skin crawling.
The rodent family
is a big group made up of more than 2,000 species. The ones people deal with most often are Roof Rats, Norway Rats, and House Mice. Those are the most versatile of the species, as they can find their way into homes in small towns and metropolitan areas alike. The animals can cause property damage ranging from chewed-up electrical wires and PVC pipes to spreading diseases such as Salmonella and trichinosis.
These critters are incredibly intelligent, capable of rapidly adapting their behaviors to exclusion efforts such as traps, baits, etc. When they invade human spaces, rodent pests are typically guilty of contaminating food, damaging personal property, and transmitting zoonotic diseases. Those diseases can be transmitted in a variety of ways, some involving direct contact between the human and the animal, others involving human exposure to the bodily fluids of the rodents, such as urine. House Mice, for instance, are primary carriers of a Hantavirus. If the virus reaches your lungs, via dust inhaled from dried feces, it can cause the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
. It is for this reason attempting to remove such animals from your residence without the help of a professional is dangerous and not recommended.
are also commonly referred to as Brown Rats or Sewer Rats. They prefer the lower levels of multi-story buildings and build their burrows near building foundations. They’re known to spend time in sewers, feeding on human waste, and spreading that bacteria wherever they go. They can crawl up through sewer breaks, and into homes through the toilet. If they can’t find a friendly sewer to keep them occupied, they’re perfectly happy foraging in garbage bins instead.
are not quite as bulky as Norway Rats. They’re generally found in coastal states, which, unfortunately, includes sunny Southern California. These can be more of a challenge to remove since they prefer to live in colonies. Even flash floods won’t keep Roof Rats from getting into your home, as they are quite impressive swimmers.
If even natural events can’t drive these animals out of your space, then what can? A few things you can do to prevent your home from being overrun by rodents include:
- Get rid of potential nesting materials, such as piles of wood and leaves.
- Clean up any food and water lying around your property. This includes securing garbage cans and covering compost piles.
Along with these exclusion measures, you’ll need to enlist the help of a professional pest control service. The combined efforts of environmental exclusion, along with the use of rodenticides, are known as Integrated Pest Management. Relying on one exclusion strategy is like placing all your eggs in one basket. The Integrated approach is the best way to ensure your home is fully protected from these tiny trespassers.
At Go-Pher The Kill, we use several different tactics in our rodent control services that will have your home safe and protected in no time. Our efforts include:
- Bait stations
- Live Monitoring
Each of those services is carried out with the expertise of our trained, experienced pest control technicians. To get rid of any rodents troubling your home or business, get in contact with us today for your free estimate.