Guest blog from Green Rat Control
Of course, you want the nasty intruder out of your house, but rodent removal is a good idea for more than just the obvious reasons. Getting rid of a rat or mouse can help you prevent household issues and avoid serious health risks, ultimately saving your home.
Here are the top 15 reasons why removing rodents can save your home:
Establishing a safe perimeter
During professional rodent removals, experts conduct an inspection of the outside perimeter of your home. They'll look for any crevice, hole or crack that mice and rats could use as an entry point. Whether using a professional team or doing it yourself, it is crucial that you keep your home sealed up tight to keep rodent infestations from happening in the future.
Attic insulation is an important part of your attic space and it can be quite expensive. Save yourself the cost of replacing it by dispatching rodents like the roof rat that will seek to destroy it.
Your attic space has a key role your in your home operation- regulating the heating and cooling. A house mouse will invade the attic seeking food, water, and shelter. When your attic becomes compromised by house mice, your energy efficiency becomes compromised too. You'll see a major spike in your monthly energy bill!
Cold weather will drive house mice into the garage and even into your vehicles! They'll try nesting in your leather seating and getting warm in your engine.
Rats and mice are notorious for nesting in hard to reach places, including inside walls and in ductwork! The result is an ungodly foul odor that becomes carried through the ductwork and spread all throughout your home.
Ovens, refrigerators, entertainment centers, can all be wrecked by rodent droppings or gnawing!
In North America, and many parts of the world, mice, and rats are not just a nuisance but a serious health risk. They carry very harmful bacteria and contagious pathogens. These are some of the dangerous diseases carried by rodents:
- Bubonic plague
- Rat bite fever
Removing your rodents goes beyond just getting the rodents out, it includes sanitization for further prevention. Decontamination and sanitizing your home will help keep rodent infestations from reoccurring.
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Rodents often spread disease is by gaining access to your food sources in the kitchen and pantry. You need to use sturdy Tupperware to store food because Norway rats will gnaw through plastic bags and cardboard easily. Beware- contaminated food can cause more than just food poisoning!
All rodents have a habit of constantly gnawing, in part because their teeth are always growing. As they scuttle between walls, they'll be chewing up electrical wiring along the way. This can put you at risk of electrical fire!
Child & Pet Safety
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Because they contaminate food and spread disease, rodents cannot safely coexist with pets and children. A dog or cat's natural instinct may be to hunt down and kill the rodent but in the process, your pet could pick up harmful bacteria. Eco-friendly rodent control services are a must for homes with pets and children. A curious child could easily be hurt by a trap set for a rodent.
You saved it for a reason! Our storage often holds many sentimental and heirloom items. Unfortunately, storage spaces are isolated and a prime location for rodent infestation.
When winter hits, a roof rat will seek shelter wherever it can- including your shed! Rodent infestations don't just happen inside your house, you need to protect the shed too!
While plotting how to get inside, rodents will ravage your garden and hide in the woodpile. Removing rodents will also benefit your lawn care.
Peace of mind