Rodents: Rats & Mice
Rodents can be dangerous to have living in your home with you because of the various diseases that they are known to spread. According to the CDC, they can directly transmit a variety of diseases including:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
- South American Arenaviruses
While not all rodents will be carriers of the above diseases, they can still be destructive to your home as they will chew anything in sight. It is not uncommon to find chewed electrical cords, walls, and food containers when you have a rodent infestation. Rodents will chew through practically anything when trying to get to food. In fact, they will even chew through a wall if they think there is food on the other side of it.
Rodents don’t need a very large hole to get through. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel while rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar. Rodents usually gain entry to a home or business because of a small hole or gap in building that has gone unnoticed. It is important in order to keep rodents out of your home to have a professional inspect your home for any possible entry points. Our professionals will help you out with this when they come to help you with your pest problem.
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Below is a list of the most common areas you tend to find holes or gaps inside your home. Rodents can also climb and jump, allowing them to reach high places giving them more possible entries.
- Around doors.
- Around the fireplace.
- Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines.
- Around the pipes going to hot water heaters and furnaces.
- Around floor vents and dryer vents.
- Between the floor and wall juncture
- In the basement or crawl space and in floor drains of basement or laundry room
- Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves.
- Inside closets near the floor corners
- Inside the attic.
Don’t forget to look around the outside of your home for points of entry as well. Some good places to look for holes and gaps on the outside of your home include:
- Around doors.
- Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines.
- Around the foundation
- Around windows.
- Attic vents and crawl space vents.
- In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves.
- Under doors.
Fill any small holes and gaps you find with steel wool kept in place by caulking around the edges. Larger holes can be fixed with metal sheets, cement, lath metal, metal screen, or hardware cloth. Flashing can also be used around the base of your home to prevent entry. If this all sounds like too much work for you, don’t worry, Pest Control of Arlington, TX would be happy to not only rid your home of rodents, but to secure it from future invasions as well. Just give us a call at (817) 583-8515 to schedule your consultation with our rodents specialist.