What To Do About Rodent Trouble On Your Raleigh Property

December 7, 2022

Rats and mice are all too common occurrences in Raleigh. This area is susceptible to a number of troublesome rodents that may gain access to your home, cause property damage, and spread disease. If you have seen signs of rodents in your home, call Go-Forth Pest Control. We can take care of all of your Raleigh pest control needs, including exterminating and excluding all rodents.

We will review the key things you need to know about all kinds of rodents. Topics we will cover will range from how to tell if you have a rodent problem, the dangers that they bring, and why mice and rats are attracted to your home.

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How Can You Tell If It's Rodents In Your Home?

Rodents are known to be nocturnal, so you may not see them in the light of day. However, they scavenge for food in the home, so keeping a keen eye out for rats and mice is definitely the first line of defense in identifying a rodent problem. Aside from a sighting, the following are helpful ways to determine if you have rodents in your home:

  • Gnaw marks
  • Food trails
  • Grease/smear marks
  • Feces
  • Rustling noises

If you witness one or more of these issues, call the professionals today. Since rodents are prolific breeders, small problems quickly grow into much larger issues if left unchecked.

Why Rodents On Your Property Can Be Very Dangerous

Rodents are primarily dangerous to be in your house due to the diseases they spread and the property damage they cause. All of the house damage that rodents inflict is very easily explainable based on their activities. First of all, rodents are nesting pests, so they will tear up insulation, boxes, and anything else they can find that might be adequate material to build nests. They'll locate these nests in remote areas of the house, which may include a basement or attic or sometimes even inside a wall. Second, rodents are in search of food in your home, so they'll invariably locate and contaminate unprotected food. Rodents are characterized by teeth that never stop growing. This drives them to chew on what they can find. This may be your favorite sofa leg or even electrical wiring in your walls leading to damage and fire hazards.

As if the property damage brought on by these creatures wasn't enough of a reason to need to get rid of rodents, they also spread a number of diseases, including but not limited to the following:

  • Plage
  • Hantavirus
  • Rat bite fever
  • Salmonella

Be careful with rodents in the house. These diseases do not require direct contact to be spread. You can contract them from incidental contact with rodent saliva and droppings.

Factors That Attract Rodents To Your Property

When you understand why rodents are attracted to your home in the first place, you have the ability to prevent future infestations. The following may be reasons why rodents are attracted to your home and how they're getting inside:

  • Torn window screens
  • Cracks in house foundation
  • Leaky pipes
  • Clogged gutters
  • Open food containers
  • Pet food
  • Clutter
  • Unsecured trash containers

Upon a thorough inspection, our technicians will identify ways that rodents are getting into your home and the factors that are attracting them there. From there, we can help you avoid all different types of rodents getting into your home.

The Most Effective Rodent Control For Your Home

If you see signs of a rodent infestation in your home, don't delay. Call Go-Forth Pest Control today for the most thorough pest control services. After a thorough inspection, we will devise a plan to prevent rodents from getting into your home in the future. Next, we'll utilize the optimal combination of traps, glue boards, and baits to attain the best results for your particular rodent infestation. Once we get rid of rodents from your home and seal all entry points, rodents will be a thing of the past!

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