RODENT CONTROL NEWTOWN PA
Hearing noises in the walls or attic? Something eating the dog's food?
Chances are you may have a mouse or rat serving as an uninvited house guest in your home or business.
While rodent extermination covers the rodent family, encompassing the likes of mice, rats, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, and hamsters, rodent control is mostly involved with mice and rats, including the house mouse, deer mouse, white-footed mouse, Norway rat, roof rat, and wood rat.
DAMAGE CAUSED BY RODENTS
Due to the constant grinding of their upper pair of incisor teeth against the lower pair when biting, rodents such as mice and rats are continually sharpening their teeth, enabling them to gnaw through a myriad of objects, including insulation, drywall, pipes, frozen food, wood, ultimately causing structural damage as well as destroying furniture and appliances.
Other damage caused rodents involve the food products they eat, in addition to what they contaminate as a result of their urine, feces, and hair.
Additionally, due to an apparent attraction to wiring, rodents are notorious for gnawing through electrical wiring found in homes, businesses, and automobiles, causing expensive damage and potential fire hazards.
ARE RODENTS AGGRESSIVE?
Being social mammals, rodents such as rats and mice do not possess a natural aggression towards humans. However, rats and mice have long been known to bite humans under certain circumstances. In fact, evidence shows that rats can be induced into biting infants by the smell of milk from their breath or on their skin or clothing.
DO RODENTS CARRY DISEASE?
Rodents such as rats and mice can directly and indirectly infect humans with an array of viruses and bacteria causing severe or even fatal respiratory and gastric illnesses.
Direct transmission illnesses are classified as those contracted through inhalation or ingestion of contaminated particles, stemming from rodent droppings or urine. Indirect transmission illnesses are classified as those contracted through bites from ticks, mites, and fleas.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, some of the many diseases associated with rats and mice found in the United States include the following:
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM), Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, Tularemia
Babesiosis, Serogroup Viruses, Colorado Tick Fever, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Western Equine Encephalitis.
HOW TO PREVENT RODENTS
Rodent control also consists of prevention. Rodent prevention begins with good sanitation which effectively limits the number of rats able to survive in and around the home. This involves good housekeeping, proper storage and handling of food materials and refuse, and elimination of rodent shelter (harborage). Outside, dog pens must be properly maintained to reduce potential rat problems. Removing clutter around homes allows inspection for signs of rats. Good sanitary practices will not eliminate rats under all conditions, but will make the environment less suitable for them to thrive.
Secondly, help "build them out" by making access to structures impossible. Ideally, all places where food is stored, processed or used should be rodent-proof. Store bulk foods, bird seed and dry pet food in metal cans with tight-fitting lids.
Finally, seal any openings larger than 1/4 inch to exclude both rats and mice. Openings where utility conduits enter buildings should be sealed tightly with metal or concrete. Equip floor drains and sewer pipes with tight-fitting grates having openings less than 1/4 inch in diameter. Doors, windows and screens should fit tightly.
HOW TO TREAT FOR RODENTS
Successful rodent control typically involves a series of steps, including trapping, poison baits, along with proper species identification.
Area residents who suspect rodents should not wait to determine if their suspicions are accurate. Damage can happen quickly and without warning. Instead, home and business owners should contact Newtown Termite & Pest Control. Our experienced rodent control professionals know where to look in buildings in order to discover the type and number of rodents involved. They will then execute the appropriate plan of action based on the specific rodent problem. Our technician can also set up an optional monthly or quarterly maintenance program to ensure your home or business is not troubled by future rodent problems.
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