Protect Your Health With Professional Rodent Removal and Trapping
Out of all residential and commercial pests, rodents top the list for size, damage, and disease. These pests breed rapidly and squeeze into very small spaces, making them tricky to target and eradicate. Rodents, unlike other types of pests, do not hibernate or have downtime during the winter; they breed year-round. Extremely thorough pest control methods are necessary to avoid a re-infestation.
Damage Caused By Rodent Infestations
• Contamination. Rats and mice contaminate food with their feces and urine, which they happily deposit throughout your home. Just one rat can defecate up to 60 times in one day, creating many opportunities for bacteria to grow. What’s more, the odor emitted from droppings attracts other rodents if not cleaned properly.
• Chewing and nesting. Rats chew to keep their teeth sharpened, and they will chew on anything they can get their hands on. Baseboards in your living room, roof boards in your attic – nothing is safe. It is common for rats to chew electrical wiring all the way down to the copper, leaving a dangerous fire hazard. Nesting rats and mice often use tufts of insulation to build their homes, which leads to insulation damage and inefficient heating and cooling.
• Secondary infestations. Rats and mice bring fleas, flies, and ticks indoors with them, causing a secondary infestation of pests. Each of these secondary pests spread disease in addition to the rodents.
Diseases Spread by Rodents
Rodents have the ability to spread nearly any disease to humans, and many of these diseases cause death. Some of the most common diseases are as follows:
• Hanatvirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This disease is spread by several different species of mice and rats. This disease spreads directly through contact with their droppings or indirectly by inhaling contaminated dust. HPS starts out with flu-like symptoms and ends with severe respiratory damage or death.
• Leptospirosis. This bacterial infection spreads to humans through contaminated food and water. Leptospirosis causes a wide range of mild symptoms in its first phase, including nausea, diarrhea and rashes. Occasionally, the infection returns and can cause kidney and liver failure or meningitis.
• Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM). This disease spreads by direct or indirect contact with contaminated dust from mice. Initial infection may cause flu-like symptoms, and second phases of infection may cause meningitis and encephalitis.
• Salmonellosis. This bacterial infection spreads through contaminated foods and drinking water from both rat and mouse droppings. Salmonellosis is common and causes an array of symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
In addition to diseases like these, rats and mice spread plagues and other viruses. Some of these diseases do not have treatments or cures, and most treatments are strictly supportive during the recovery period. If you see signs of a rodent infestation in your home, it is important to seek professional control services for thorough extermination and cleaning.
How Rodent Infestations Are Treated With Professional Pest Control
Rodent infestations call for customized solutions to target entry points and nesting areas. A wide variety of methods employed effectively remove the rodents, seal up nests, and sanitize the household. The following options may be used:
• Baits. Baits are effective for killing off a moderate number of rodents, but need to be used correctly so as not to put the health of humans and pets at risk.
• Traps. Traps catch a small number of rodents at a time. Live traps are used to catch rodents without causing harm, while snap traps and glue traps kill individual specimens. Traps are only effective when they are placed correctly in strategic locations.
• Repellants. Repellants are used in conjunction with extermination methods or as a prevention plan. Repellants can be chemical or natural, or sound-based. While this is an effective method for preventing re-infestation, it will not affect the current rodent population in the home.
Modifications may need to be made to structural elements of the house to seal up rodent entry-points. Usually, this includes sealing roof holes and foundation cracks using sheet metal, copper mesh, or other non-chewable materials. Centurion Pest Management encourages outdoor treatments and preventative maintenance, such as landscape alteration and chemical treatments. Professional pest control specialists conduct a property walk-through with you and point out hotspots and areas that may need additional attention.
If you notice signs of rodent infestations such as: droppings, gnawing on household components or other items, or sightings, call Centurion Pest Management for a quote.