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Rodent Control 101: Essential Tips For Keeping Your Fort Mills Home Safe

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With abundant food sources available during the warmer months, rodents tend to be the most active during this time of year. However, they can invade your home all year long. And once they infest your property, it can be incredibly difficult to get rid of them.

At Go-Forth Home Services, we have provided rodent control services in Fort Mills for years and specialize in rodent removal and prevention. If you have rodents in your home, we know the best way to prevent them from developing into severe infestation. 

Signs Of A Problem: How To Identify Rodent Activity

Rodents, like rats and mice, are incredibly athletic and agile. They are able to slip through various cracks and holes found around your home. Once inside, they will use the space behind your walls to travel through your home without being detected. Even if they can stay completely out of sight, there are still a few clues that you can look for, which include:

  • Holes chewed in walls, furniture, clothing, and food packages 
  • Small, oval-shaped rodent droppings are found sporadically around your home 
  • Finding chewed or frayed power chords on your electrical devices
  • Seeing piles of chewed-up paper, cardboard, or other nesting materials under furniture or in dark corners of your home 
  • Dark, greasy marks found on the bottom of your walls and baseboards
  • Seeing tiny footprints around your home

If you see any of these signs, you should call a local rodent control specialist as soon as possible. If you see rodents scurrying through your home and find several rodent signs, you could already have a rodent infestation inside your home. 

Rodents And Your Health: What You Need To Know

Rodents are among the most destructive pests in residential and commercial properties. And while some of the destruction can be potentially dangerous and expensive to repair, the number of diseases that the rodents can spread to humans and animals is why rodent infestations are such a serious problem and why residential rodent control is so important. 

Rats and mice carry a variety of bacteria, viruses, and other harmful pathogens. While it is rare for a rodent to bite a homeowner, you could still contract dangerous illnesses, like hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, trichinosis, and leptospirosis if you come into contact with their feces or urine. 

Proactive Rodent Control: Preventing The Problem Before It Begins

Rodents reproduce often. The best way to ensure that you don't have a rodent infestation in your home is to stop the rodents from entering your home in the first place. Our experienced rodent exterminators use these tips to deter rodents from their homes:

  • Take out the trash often
  • Keep a tight lid over your trash can
  • Don't leave pet food out in the open
  • Keep your pantry food in a glass or metal container.

You should also make sure that there are no gaps or cracks around your home. If you team up with a rodent exterminator, they will thoroughly inspect your home to ensure there are no entry points around your house. 

Professional Pest Control: The Most Effective Rodent Control Solution

Trying to eliminate a rodent infestation on your own can be challenging. At Go-Forth Home Services, we specialize in rodent extermination. If you are looking for a quick and effective way to keep rodents out of your Fort Mills home, give us a call today!