A rodent infestation can pop up out of nowhere. One day, you don't have rodents, the next day, you do. But, when an infestation begins, you may not even know it. Most commensal rodents are very quiet as they go about their activities inside your home. Your first sign of rodents is likely to be the presence of droppings in your kitchen or pantry. If you find this sign in your home, take action. Rodents can cause many problems. Here are a few you should be aware of.
No matter what rodent gets into your home, whether it is a big rat or a tiny little mouse, it is going to do damage. Rodents chew on insulation, building materials, curtains, clothing, furniture, wallpaper, stored boxes, food packaging, and more. Some of the items rodents damage are irreplaceable, such as family heirlooms and keepsakes.
As rodents chew through walls in search of food or chew through the insulation to gather nest material, they can sever wires. If they cut through a live wire in the wrong location, it can spark a fire. This can lead to more than just a little property damage.
Rodents get into dirty places. Because of this, they can bring harmful bacteria into stored-food areas and onto food-prep surfaces, dishes, and silverware. This can cause stomach illness to break out in your home.
When rodents create nests in your attic spaces or ventilation ducts, it can lead to hantavirus exposure and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), which is a serious medical condition with a 38 percent mortality rate. Always wear a mask and protection when cleaning up rodent nests.
Mice and rats don't usually enter your home alone. They bring fleas, ticks, mites, and other parasites in with them. And, since mice and rats explore many places from the top of your home to the bottom, they're efficient at spreading those parasites around.
In fall, as temperatures drop, pest infestations rise. This time of year it is even more important to recognize the signs of a rodent infestation and act quickly to have those rodents removed. The best way to do this is to hire a rodent control professional. If you live in Kansas City or the surrounding area, schedule a free inspection with Rottler. We'll help you figure out how bad your infestation is and give you treatment options that will work to completely rid your home of all rodents and all the problems that come with them.