Coming home to rodent problems every day is not a healthy way to live, yet this is how life is for many homeowners here in Columbus. If you are finding holes chewed through your walls, pellets of fecal matter in the backs of your drawers, and hearing the sound of small-clawed feet every night, you already know how frustrating these pests are. The good news is, you don't have to live with rodents forever. There is a way to handle a rodent infestation inside your home. Here is what you need to know to prevent and control rodent infestations around your property effectively.
Common Columbus Rodents
Ohio is home to a variety of rodent species. Fortunately, most are not known for invading homes or properties. The ones that do invade include house mice, Norway rats, and roof rats. Although different in appearance and size, these three furry pests share several things in common. To start, they all have tough, sharp, ever-growing front teeth. These teeth are strong enough to chew through wood, vinyl siding, shingles, plastic, weak concrete, and thin sheets of aluminum. Common home-invading rodents are also nimble. Some, such as the roof rat, can jump several feet to get from overhanging tree branches onto roofs.
Why Rodents Invade Columbus Homes
Rodents are basic creatures. All they need to be happy is food, water, and shelter. If your home provides them with these things, they will want to stick around forever. Here are a few specific things that draw rodents onto properties:
Easy access to trash cans
Sources of water buildup
Fallen fruits, nuts, or berries
Scraps from outdoor gatherings or cookouts
Full bowls of pet food
Cracks, gaps, or openings in a home's exterior
Food left out on countertops, kitchen tables, and other easily accessed areas
Food stored in plastic bags or cardboard boxes that rodents can chew through
Wall or ceiling voids and other secluded areas where rodents can build their nests
What Makes Rodents Dangerous
Diseases have a way of finding themselves onto and or into rodents, mostly due to their dirty lifestyles and unclean eating habits. What makes this a problem is that rodents don't just carry diseases; they also transmit them to humans. Sicknesses such as salmonellosis, hantavirus, and leptospirosis are only a few diseases you can pick up from handling a rodent or its excrement.
On top of spreading diseases, rodents also attract fleas and ticks. By using rodents like a Trojan horse, these smaller parasitic pests make their way into homes and threaten people with their own list of disease-causing organisms. Some of the most common diseases fleas and ticks spread include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and murine typhus.
Reasons To Avoid DIY
When it comes to getting rodents out of your home, we recommend thinking twice before using DIY methods. Although some work, most don't have any effect on larger populations of rodents. Our recommendation is to act according to the size of your infestation. If you suspect only a couple of rodents are causing trouble inside your home, use a few traps, bait them with peanut butter, and place them in the areas you suspect your foes are hiding or traveling frequently. If your problem subsides within a week, great! If not, call a professional. The longer rodent infestations continue, the more problems these pests will cause around your home.
To avoid lowering your property value, getting sick, or losing sleep due to rowdy rodents, get the experts at Pestmaster® Services Columbus, OH involved. All it takes is one phone call, and we will take care of the rest. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.