What are rodents?
Rodents such as mice and rats are mammals, and although they vary depending on the species, they all share the trait of teeth that never stop growing. All rodents must constantly chew to ensure their teeth don't overgrow. These pests are also notorious for being opportunistic and taking advantage of homes for easy access to food and shelter.
There is no room for unwanted rodents in your home! They bring health risks, damage concerns, and many other problems that can leave you and your family sick or with expensive damage repairs.
Are rodents dangerous?
While people do keep rodents as pets, these are not critters you want in your home otherwise. Rodents not only create costly damage but can also cause contamination and spread parasites like fleas, ticks, and mites. They are also known for spreading diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, and more.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
By large, rodents are an issue on residential properties where they have easy access to shelter to hide from predators, the moisture they need, and sustainable food sources. Unfortunately, rodents aren't the pickiest eaters, so the list of food that can attract them is endless.
Rodents can also squeeze through small cracks and crevices and chew through just about any material, so it's not difficult for them to make their way inside.
Where will I find rodents?
Home-invading rodents are usually nocturnal and sneaky, so you may not see the pests themselves. Still, if you are dealing with an infestation, you are likely to see signs of them in the kitchen, eating areas, bathrooms, basements, garages, sheds, and even attics. Rodents can make their way through homes moving through the walls or scurrying around at night when you're sleeping, causing issues in any area.
If you have pets in the home, such as dogs and cats, these animals will often indicate a rodent problem due to a change in behavior and fixating on certain areas of the house. So don't ignore your pets if you notice such behavior!
How do I get rid of rodents?
As you read above, these pests are dangerous, so don't wait to get rid of the rodents the right way, meaning don't waste your time attempting DIY home pest control. It's all too common for DIY methods to provide short-term relief from rodents, only for re-infestation to occur soon after. But you don't have to worry about this when you work with The Bugstoppers.
After any active rodent concerns are taken care of, we offer monthly and quarterly treatment visits for year-round protection from rodents.
Our residential and commercial rodent control services come with an expendable one-year guarantee. No matter the type of rodent, you don't want them in your home, so call The Bugstoppers today to get effective Houston rodent control services!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Maintaining your home and property is essential to eliminating the conducive conditions and entry points that attract them when it comes to rodents. You can do this by:
- Addressing any moisture issues such as leaks, poor ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms, excess humidity buildup, and moisture in your yard due to organic debris.
- Sealing cracks, even ones as small as a dime, in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
- Covering vents and drains.
- Replacing damaged screens on windows and doors.
- Using containers that seal to store food and using garbage cans with tight-fitting lids.
For reliable rodent control and prevention, contact The Bugstoppers!