Most rodents are actually cute little creatures. They have sweet little faces that don’t look like they could cause all the damage they do. Unfortunately, when you have a family of rodents that has made your home theirs, you will find that they can cause significant damage that is tough to deal with and can actually get expensive. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to tell you about some of the damage that rodents can cause and share some tips on how you can avoid an infestation in your home.
Damage Caused By Chewing Rodents
Have you ever wondered why rodents have the desire to chew on absolutely everything they come in contact with? Rodents have teeth that actually don’t quit growing. They have to nibble on things to file down their teeth so they can survive. This is why when they make their way into your home, they will start chewing on any and everything they can find. One thing they usually love to chew on that can be extremely dangerous is your electrical wiring. Rodent pests can pose a huge risk for your home when they chew on your electrical wiring. It puts your home at a much greater risk of electrical fire; not to mention the fact that when they chew on your wiring, you could be facing costly electrical repairs.
Rat Holes in Clothes, Damage to Books & More
Rodents don’t care if they end up ruining your precious belongings. Their feces and urine can ruin items like books, clothes, artwork, photographs and other heirlooms. Many of these items are often stored in basements and attics which are common places for rodent infestation. You should store your valuables in plastic bins that rodents can’t chew their way through to avoid damage to them.
Diseases Spread By Rats & Mice to Humans
There are many diseases that rodents can carry with them. Not only their feces and urine can cause risk of disease, but scratches and bites are also a risk that shouldn’t be ignored. If you are interested to know what diseases rodents carry, the CDC keeps a list of diseases that rodents can transmit to you.
How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation
The best way to ensure that rodents don’t take over your home is exclusion. Make sure there aren’t any openings that they can weasel their way through. Mice can get through a hole the size of a dime, so no hole is a good hole to have. Make sure your home is sealed and this will do wonders for any risk of infestation. You should also store your food and your pet’s food properly so that they don’t have any incentive to get into your home. Remember that they can chew their way through boxes, so it’s important that you are storing these items in plastic containers that are sealed.