3 Things You Can Do To Prevent Rodents In Charlotte
December 12, 2019
Here in Charlotte, we enjoy our mild temperatures. However, we can’t deny that as fall turns to winter, temperatures drop and we trade our shorts and t-shirts in for long pants and a sweater. As we look for ways to warm up, so do the rodents in our community.
Most Charlotte rodent infestations occur during fall and winter, as mice and rats seek shelter from the cold. An infestation on your property can be a menace to eradicate. Rodents cause damage to property and food stores. They carry and transmit diseases and even introduce additional pests such as fleas and ticks. Rats and mice can fit through openings as small as a quarter and dime respectively, making rodent control a must. Rodent teeth, which never stop growing, can chew through some remarkable things such as lead sheeting and cinder block. Safeguarding your property, family, and pets is of utmost concern.
Furthermore, mice reproduce as early as six weeks of age. They give birth to 15 litters per year with an average of 10-12 offspring per litter. Mice can become pregnant again within 24 hours of giving birth. This rampant population growth creates a hazard to children and pets while threatening the integrity of your home.
Aruza Pest Control can help identify rodent issues, treat infestations and prevent future outbreaks.
Dangers Caused By Rodents
According to the CDC, rodents can spread up to 35 diseases. These include salmonellosis, hantavirus and rat-bite fever. Contamination is spread through droppings and urine, saliva, bites and the introduction of other pests such as fleas and ticks.
Aside from diseases, rodents also cause extensive damage to your home. Like all rodents, rats and mice have continuously growing incisors. They must gnaw incessantly to prevent overgrowth. This creates damage to sheetrock, siding, cabinets and, at times, even furniture. An infestation in your home can cause even more damage inside of your walls as they chew on insulation. Additionally, chewed wires create fire risk. Contaminated insulation produces unwanted odors and unsanitary conditions.
Signs of a rodent infestation include:
Chewing or damage on siding, walls, or floors
Burrow holes against foundations
Scurrying sounds under floors and in walls
Damaged food packages
Fecal droppings near nesting sites or feeding areas
Oily rub marks on walls or along baseboards
Often, a population will be widespread before these signs are observable. It is important to respond immediately to any indication of rodent presence on your property.
How To Avoid A Mouse Infestation In Your Charlotte Home
The best defense against any infestation is prevention. Consider the following tips to help keep mice off of your property and out of your home:
Always clear any debris on your property that could provide cover for unwanted guests. If clearing is not possible, move debris as far as possible from the building.
Remove or secure any potential food sources like trash, pet food, bird feed and grass seed. Any available food can attract mice and rats or larger pests such as raccoons, skunks and opossums.
Trim lawns and overgrown vegetation near buildings to eliminate cover.
Seal gaps around water pipes, utility lines, vents, crawlspace access, and doors. Rodents can easily chew through foam and dried caulking. Make sure to use sheet metal or ¼ inch mesh galvanized hardware cloth when covering large holes.
Replace weather stripping around doors and windows at the first sign of aging.
Use garbage cans with tight fitting lids (especially in the kitchen) and do not leave screen-less doors and windows open.
Do-It-Yourself Methods For Rodent Control
If a rodent presence is detected, you may be tempted to try some do it yourself methods. Some options include snap traps and glue boards. Bait can be corn, other grains or peanut butter. It is important to never place traps in areas that children or pets can access. Check traps daily and dispose of carcasses quickly to avoid health issues and fly infestations. Wear disposable gloves when handling traps and dead rodents.
Rodent baits are also effective for mouse and rat control as long as other food sources are not available. However, this is quite dangerous and could pose serious health threats to your family. Children or pets may accidentally ingest dropped bait which, if untreated, could be deadly. Another concern when baiting is that poisoned rodents may die in the open and risk wildlife or pets eating them and becoming ill. Baiting indoors can lead to rats and mice dying inside walls or other inaccessible areas creating an intolerable odor and damage.
Trust Aruza Pest To Keep Your Charlotte Home Rodent Free
Rodent issues are frustrating, disgusting, and dangerous to deal with, and DIY methods usually fall short. As a result, it's important to consult a professional. After an initial inspection of your property, we will discuss our rodent control options with you. We offer several options for removal, and we will work with you to discuss the best fit. Lastly, we will survey the perimeter of your house to make sure that rodents, once removed, have no way to get back inside.
Aruza professionals are ready to help. Let us create a customized pest control plan to rat-proof and mouse-proof your property. We stand by our work. If you still see rodents after our initial treatment, we will return and retreat at no additional cost. Furthermore, if you are unhappy with our services, we will give you your money back. Contact us today to discuss pest control options!