All the Problems That Come With Rodents In Your Charlotte Home
December 11, 2020
Ah, Charlotte. From the nature trails of the Toby Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways to the deep history of the Levine Museum of the New South, it seems our city has it all. Unfortunately, like almost all populous cities, along with fabulous restaurants, a fast-growing technology sector, endless entertainment options, and luxurious townhomes come the cursory four and six-legged stowaways.
A Perfect Home For People, Pets, and… Pests?
Rats and mice, in particular, are a problem for our city’s residents year-round. During the hot season, they come into our homes seeking water or a cool place to shelter from the sweltering summer heat. During the cold season, they come looking for a warm, dry place to hunker down for the winter. Every second of every day, these creepy critters are hunting for an easy meal – which often comes in the form of an open chip bag or poorly-sealed cookie jar in your pantry.
Rats and mice can not only chew straight through a food wrapper with the ease of a hot knife cutting through softened butter, but they can also wreak serious havoc on your property. They often rip up insulation in order to dig a burrow for a nest and acquire material to build that nest. They’ll tear through siding, bite through pipes, and claw through vent covers to gain access to your home. And since they’ve got to incessantly gnaw on whatever they get their grubby paws on in order to grind down their constantly growing teeth, they often chew up wooden moldings, fabric furniture and clothing, and even electrical wiring – just for the heck of it.
Villainous Virus Vectors
Rats and mice don’t just cause damage to your home; they can also do serious damage to your family’s health. They root through the garbage, spreading the germs from your trash back through the house when they crawl over your counters and appliances with their dirty feet. They often shed filthy hairs wherever they scurry – contaminating everything from the food in your pantry to the utensils in your kitchen to the toiletries in your bathroom. Not to mention their urine and feces, which are vectors for all kinds of disease. Rats and mice are known carriers of over 35 different illnesses! They can spread everything from bacterial infections like the bubonic plague to viruses like hemorrhagic fever and hantavirus. If left untreated, a rodent infestation can lead to infections that cause serious symptoms and can even lead to death.
Removing Rodents From Your Charlotte Home
While most people understand how imperative it is to keep rodent infestations at bay and eliminate them if they’ve already taken hold, that’s easier said than done. Once they’re established, these pests are very hard to get rid of. There are a few things you can do to prevent an invasion, such as:
- Repairing damage and covering openings that can provide access to your home
- Properly disposing of garbage, including keeping cans clean and tightly covered
- Ensuring that foods that can entice rats and mice are stored in containers that mask their aromas
Unfortunately, many times these measures can be ineffective, and things like traps and poisons – if they work at all – can leave you with a bunch of dead rodent bodies stinking up your home and contaminating your ventilation system. Furthermore, trying to remove wild animals yourself can result in injury to humans or pets, additional damage to your home, and easier re-infestation.
The best thing you can do if you’ve got an infestation is call in the professionals. Here at Azura Pest Control, we’re always working to build a better mousetrap! We’re equipped not only to remove pests from your home in a timely and thorough manner but to help prevent future re-infestation. With our warrantied recurring rodent control services, you can rest assured you and your family will be safe from these disgusting, dangerous pests. If you need help with rodent removal, visit our Contact Page or call (888) 609-8447 to schedule your appointment today.