In the Northwest, we have a wide variety of small nuisance animals that like to try and squeeze their way into your home. These animals then wreak havoc in your vents, crawl space and attic, contaminating them with waste. What are some of the dangers with a mouse infestation, and how do they get into your home?
Rodents are a public health risk because they spread disease, including:
- Rat-bite fever
Rats can get in your home through spaces in roof or crawl spaces. They also:
- Climb, jump and swim. If a squirrel can climb it, a rat can climb it.
- Chew through plastic, wood, soft metals, electrical wires (sometimes causing fires) and even cinder block and brick.
- Eat everything, including bird feed and food in your home.
- Squeeze into tiny spaces and nest where it’s dark and warm. They can produce a litter of pups (babies) every 3 to 4 weeks!
How do you know if you have a rodent problem?
Droppings are typically the easiest way to identify a rodent problem. Mouse droppings are smaller, like black grains of rice.
You might also see rats, hear rat squeaking, hissing or chattering noises, or find chewed up material. Outside there may be burrows or runways.
What activities increase my risk of exposure to diseases carried by rodents?
Entering or cleaning buildings that have been closed for a long period of time, such as hunting shacks, garages, storage sheds, or anywhere with rodent droppings. You can also get sick by:
- Breathing dust that is contaminated with urine or droppings.
- Direct contact with an infected rodent, including a rat bite.
- Eating or drinking products contaminated with urine or feces.
At Wildwoods Pest Control we take your needs seriously. That’s why our inspections are always free. You need to know what’s going on in your home without feeling any pressure to buy something you aren’t sure you need.
If you are currently dealing rodents are looking to take the next step, we can usually schedule a free pest inspection the same day that you call. Call 971-219-6681 Today!