Sarasota is full of problematic pests. On the top of the list of home invaders, you don’t want to find inside your living areas are rodents. Where most pests in our area are annoying and pose a small health risk, rodents are a trifecta of problematic behavior. To help you understand the issues these furry invaders bring onto area properties, here are the three problems you can expect from these pests.
Rodents Are Dangerous
If you have ever owned a mouse or rat as a pet, it might be hard to imagine that one of these rodents could be dangerous. The simple truth is that environment and diet are everything. Rodents kept in captivity are fed healthy food and have their cages cleaned regularly. Rodents that live in the wild, however, regularly travel through dirty places and consume bacteria-ridden foods. Pest rodents then carry disease-causing organisms throughout homes, spreading them with their fecal matter and urine.
Another way rodents threaten homeowners is by carrying parasitic pests around. Fleas and ticks are two parasites that regularly use rats to get around. Once inside homes, these smaller pests feed on both humans and animals. This is a problem because of the many diseases fleas, and ticks carry and transmit.
Rodents Are Destructive
All rodents are born with powerful and sharp incisor teeth. To keep these teeth filed down, these pests will chew on things constantly. Sometimes they use their teeth to chew holes through walls. Other times they use them to gnaw on the legs of furniture. In worse-case scenarios, rodents use their incisors to sever electrical wires and gnaw into utility piping. This type of behavior could lead to a fire or severe water damage. To top it off, rodents regularly tear apart books, fabrics, and insulation throughout homes to build their nests.
Rodents Are Annoying
All of a rodent’s behaviors are annoying. What makes these pests extra frustrating to deal with is that they are nocturnal. If you are a light sleeper, these pests crawling around inside your attic, basement, and wall or ceiling voids are sure to keep you up at night. It is also unpleasant to find these pests on your bathroom or kitchen floor in the middle of the night.
Some Prevention Strategies To Keep Rodents Away
Now that you know why you don’t want rodents crawling around inside your Sarasota home, let’s talk about some strategies that will help you keep them out. Here are some great places to start:
- Seal holes, cracks, and gaps in the exterior of your home using some steel wool and a caulking gun.
- Address leaks around your home and eliminate sources of water buildup.
- Trim your grass at least once a week and clear debris and clutter from your yard.
- After every meal, store leftovers inside plastic, metal, or glass containers.
- Invest in trash cans that have rodent-proof lids.
- Thoroughly clean your home once a week and keep clutter to a minimum.
What Benefits Come With Professional Rodent Control
Preventing rodents takes a lot of work. To make your life easier, do not hesitate to get the professionals at Rodent Solutions involved. We will evaluate your home for rodents, put in place quick solutions to get these pests out, and install lasting prevention measures to ensure these pests stay outside in the future. We are your premier option for pest control in the Sarasota area and are standing by with solutions to your property’s pest problems.
Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to have your property inspected for dangerous, destructive, and annoying rodents.