Pest proofing your home It’s difficult but doable. By ensuring that no rodents or bugs are able to sneak into your home you are keeping your family and home safe from harmful diseases, bacteria, and allergens. Many pests can make your family sick so it is best to do these before pest season to avoid infestation. Start pest proofing your residence by:
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Mice are opportunistic, highly prolific rodents that can easily destroy any building by building nests, chewing and gnawing just about anything they can find and eroding your home’s foundation with a constant stream of acidic urine. In addition, mice transmit numerous diseases such as salmonella, tapeworms, rat-bite fever, leptospirosis and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome through urine, droppings, biting or scratching humans and carrying fleas. In addition, mice are so destructive and dangerous to your health simply because of their ability to reproduce. In fact, a female mouse can have up to 60 or 70 mouse pups each year. And half of those pups will be females!
The two main differences between rats and mice is their size and robustness. Rats need a hole about the size of quarter to begin infiltrating your home and are more difficult to get rid of. Since rats instinctively evade certain odors and tastes, commercial rat repellents will not eliminate an infestation. Rats also transmit a variety of serious viral, bacterial, parasitical and protozoan diseases that can sicken both humans and pets. Also be aware that rats are superior swimmers and climb walls skillfully. Many homeowners trying to “drown out” a rat infestation with a water hose will quickly find they have only forced their uninvited guests into another part of their home.
If you see tiny, brown pellets (droppings) laying on windowsills, around pet food bowls or along baseboards, hear rustling/scratching noises in your attic and walls and notice odd, dark smudges on baseboards and rafters (made by rodent fur), you may have a rodent infestation. You should also look for evidence of rodent teeth marks where mice and rats have gnawed and chewed on material for making nests. Also, check behind objects that aren’t move frequently. Rodents build nests behind these items or in rooms that are quiet and undisturbed.