If there was a tier list for pests, rodents would be number one. There is no other invasive creature that causes as many problems as these furry troublemakers. The only thing rodents have working against them is homeowners that take the necessary steps to keep them out. If you want to be one of these proactive homeowners, let us help. Here is everything you need to know about rodents in Mobile and the secret to keeping them out of your living areas.
What Rodents Live In Mobile?
There are three species of common pest rodents that live in Mobile, roof rats, Norway rats, and house mice. Of these three invasive pests, house mice are the most common, Norway rats are the largest, and roof rats are the most agile. One thing all rodents have in common is their sharp and strong front incisor teeth. These teeth never stop growing and are capable of piercing through wood, plastic, vinyl siding, and drywall. A Norway rat’s teeth are even stronger and capable of breaking apart soft concrete and tearing through aluminum siding. Another thing rodents have in common is their desire to invade and live inside area properties. If you didn’t know, your home has everything a rodent could ever need to stay happy, healthy, and protected from inclement weather.
The Problems Rodents Bring Onto Area Properties
Rodents are not just annoying creatures, they pose many serious problems when they invade area properties. One of these problems is that they have the ability to spread diseases. These pests pick up disease-causing organisms from trash cans, sewers, and other filthy areas. They can then spread these sickness vectors throughout homes. Some of the most common diseases you might contract from rodents are salmonellosis, hantavirus, and rat-bite fever.
In addition to the health dangers these pests pose, rodents are also incredibly destructive. Using their sharp teeth, these pests chew through walls, boxes, and cabinets, gnaw on the legs of furniture, and tear up things like insulation, fabric, and paper. Finally, rodents have a habit of carrying fleas and ticks into homes. These smaller parasitic pests bring their own list of dangerous diseases and are a big threat to both people and animals.
Some Strategies To Prevent Rodents
You do not have to live with rodents. In order to keep these pests out of your living areas, here are some exclusion and prevention tips our experts recommend you take advantage of.
- Thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior foundation. Fill in holes, gaps, and cracks you find using steel wool and some liquid caulk.
- Address damage to window/door screens and door sweeps.
- Fix leaky piping and fixtures inside your home.
- Eliminate sources of water build-up in and around your home.
- Trim back bushes and tree branches at least five feet from your home’s exterior.
- Clean up food messes and wipe up drink spills as they occur.
- Clean out your pet’s food and water bowls after every meal.
- Store leftover food inside airtight containers.
- Make sure your trashcans have tight-fitting lids.
Why Professional Rodent Control Is Your Best Option For Rodents
When it comes to dangerous rodents, you should not be trying to handle things on your own. The last thing we want is for you to get injured or become sick while dealing with these pests. To make sure rodents get out of your home without incident to you, hire the experts at EnSec. We use advanced pest control solutions to remove harmful rodents and can put in place some preventative measures to keep them out in the future. Call us today to schedule your Mobile home for a service visit.