Rodents, including squirrels and rats, can become a major nuisance to your home or garden. These animals are known to be destructive and can damage the structure of your home as well as its contents if left to their own devices. They can also carry diseases and parasites, making them a potential threat to your home and family. If you suspect you have a rodent problem, it’s important to deal with it right away as it can quickly get out of hand.
Why Rodents Are Such a Problem
There are several reasons that rodents can be serious pests:
- They chew voraciously, causing damage to your home and its contents
- They leave behind messy droppings that can pose a health risk and are generally unpleasant
- They can carry diseases and are often carriers of fleas and other pests
- They can spoil your food by sneaking into your cupboards or pantry and chewing through containers
Not only do they pose a threat to your household, one or two rodents can quickly become an overwhelming infestation. Because they breed at a young age and can have many babies in each litter, it doesn’t take long at all for their population to explode. This is why dealing with a rodent problem right away is so important.
Prevention is Powerful
One of the best things you can do to protect your home from rodent invasion is to prevent the conditions that make your home vulnerable to these pests. One important task is to eliminate an easy food supply. For squirrels, this may mean using squirrel-proof bird feeders, employing anti-squirrel gardening measures and avoiding outdoor food storage. For rats and mice, prevention might include keeping food stored in tightly sealed containers and sealing up holes that can be climbed through.
Rodents have an impressive capacity for climbing as well as squeezing through tight spaces. If a mouse or rat can fit its hole through a space, it can squeeze its body through it. For this reason, you need to be vigilant about sealing up cracks and holes that might give rodents access to your home. Keeping your grass well-trimmed and your house and yard tidy will also help to dissuade rodents from invading.
Take the time this Rodent Awareness Week to check your home for possible risk factors. If you suspect you have a rodent problem or need help with assessing your home, don’t hesitate to call Bug Out!