A Rodent Infestation is a Threat to Your Home and Your Family

By: Tim Mcintosh

Rodents are large pests that are skilled at finding their way into houses. They can squeeze through some surprisingly small opening in search of shelter, food, and water. Most homes provide everything rodents need to survive in abundance. The temperature-controlled environment of your house provides a comfortable shelter for rodents and allows them to be active all year long. Standing water in the sink, a leaking sink, or even a pet bowl can provide rodents with plenty of water. An overflowing trashcan, improperly stored food, or spills in the pantry are all areas where rodents find food inside of houses. And, if rodents cannot easily find the food they need, they will gnaw on boxes and bags in your pantry in order to find a meal. Rodents also have the ability to cause physical damage to your home by gnawing on building materials such as sheet rock. Rodents are skilled at finding their way into homes and they pose a threat to both your property and your family

Rodents carry disease

One of the reasons a rodent infestation is such a big threat is the fact that they carry disease. Rodents can spread a number of diseases to humans. They spread disease by contaminating surfaces, your food supply, through their excrement, and, in rare cases, through direct contact. Protecting your home from a rodent infestation is an important part of protecting the health of your family. 

Rodents can destroy property

Rodents have the ability to cause serious damage to property with their chewing and gnawing. These pests will chew through building supplies and wires to get inside your house. They will destroy books, cardboard, and other materials to build their nests. In an effort to find food, rodents will chew through just about anything that gets in their way. Protecting your home from a rodent infestation will help you protect your property from damage.    

Rodents can exacerbate allergies

Having rodents in your house can exacerbate your allergies. The rodents themselves, their excrement, and carcasses can all cause problems for people who suffer with allergies. You may not even realize that the rodents are causing your allergy problems until you have the infestation eradicated. 

Rodents can bring in other pests

Having a rodent infestation puts you at a higher risk for other types of pest infestations. Rodents can bring in other types of pests such as fleas and ticks. Those fleas and ticks can transfer from the rodents to your pet or to the people in your home. 

A rodent infestation is a serious threat to the people who live in your house and to your property. There are a number of steps you can take to protect your home from a rodent infestation. The easiest way to get started is by scheduling an inspection with a pest control professional. Once you get a professional inspection and understand the scope of your problem you can get started on eradicating rodents from your home.



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