The cooler weather signals the beginning of the holiday season and spending time indoors with family and friends. This is also the time of year that uninvited guests in the form of nuisance pests are desperately searching for a place to wait out the cold winter months. One of the most common of these wintering pests are rodents who infiltrate homes and businesses looking for food, water, and shelter. The experts at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control have provided the following information to help you identify if you have a rodent problem.
What are Indicative Signs of a Rodent Infestation?
Rodents are resourceful little creatures that can squeeze through tiny spaces to get inside, looking for food and a place to bed down. At first glance, rodents appear to leave very little evidence of their existence, that is, unless you know what to look for. Some of the most common signs include dark greasy marks along baseboards, gnaw marks on boxes and other items, droppings that resemble tiny rods that are approximately ¼- ½ inch long, and a sour smell caused by rodent urine. If your pets become obsessed with certain areas around your home, this is also a good indicator that you have a pest problem. You may hear rodents late at night when they are out foraging for food. Rodents are extremely good at hiding and often take refuge in hard to reach areas that can only be accessed by the tiniest of holes. Pipes, for example, and air conditioning units are two of the most common, along with other quiet places that are the least disturbed by humans.
Rats & Mice Cause Property Damage & Spread Diseases
Mice and rats will chew on cardboard, baseboards, and wiring, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages. If you are unfortunate enough to have a rodent die inside a wall or other area within your home, you will experience a strong smell that can be hazardous to your health. Contact your A Five Star Termite & Pest Control expert for professional removal services. Rodents carry disease, so if you have to handle a dead rodent, make sure you wear gloves and a mask. Rodent fur and droppings can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals resulting in asthma and other breathing issues. Rodents carry diseases, including rat-bite fever, a bacterial infection spread by the bite or scratch from a rodent, or contact with a dead rodent and salmonella, from exposure to eating or drinking food contaminated with rat droppings.
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If you believe that you have a rodent issue in your home or business, contact your A Five Star Termite & Pest Control for immediate assistance. A single house mouse can breed rapidly, giving birth to 6 or more offspring every 3 weeks. When you consider the potential for reproducing, the numbers are staggering. DIY pest control techniques are often ineffective when dealing with large numbers of mice or rats and are best left to the experts. To learn more about professional rodent removal and control services for your home or business, contact the knowledgeable experts at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control today.