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The Best Way To Keep Rodents In Durham Out Of Your Home

October 30, 2022 - Rodents

Rodents are dangerous and destructive pests. They spread disease, contaminate food, and carry parasites into your home. By definition, their front teeth never stop growing, and they have to chew incessantly to prevent them from overgrowing, making for powerful jaws and a lot of damage to everything from building materials and personal belongings to things like plumbing and electrical lines. Added to this, rodents are social creatures and will nest in large groups in hard-to-reach areas of your home, soiling insulation and other materials and creating an obnoxious mess that can be challenging to clean. It's important to keep rodents out of your home; pest control in Durham can help. 

Identifying a Rodent Problem In Your Home

One of the most important aspects of rodent control is recognizing a problem in the early stages. The longer infestations go untreated, the more their numbers will grow, the greater the damage to your home and belongings there will be, and the higher the risk of health issues resulting from their presence. Rodents are sneaky and often nocturnal creatures that are exceptionally hard to catch in action. If you wait until you see one of these pests scurrying across your kitchen floor, you may be well into an infestation. Some other signs of rodents to keep an eye out for include:

  • Rodent droppings often found near a food supply
  • Food packaging that's been chewed through
  • Holes chewed through walls and floor
  • Shredded nesting material
  • Musty odors
  • Scratching sounds in the ceiling or walls, especially late at night

If you notice these or other signs of rodents inside your home, it's important to take immediate action to get them out. 

The Diseases Spread By Rodents

Different types of rodents spread different diseases, but there are some similarities. Most common rodents are likely to spread salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and tularemia. Deer mice can also spread hantavirus and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), while house mice are more likely to spread lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), and rats carry the added risk of rat-bite fever.

All rodents can contaminate your food, and many carry parasites like fleas and ticks that spread their own host of diseases. In addition to pathogens, rodents will also cause allergic reactions in many people. To keep your family healthy and safe, it's important to keep rodents out of your home. 

Why Rodent Traps Don't Work

Once people are aware of a rodent issue in their home, it's natural to look for the quickest and easiest way to get them out, but it's also important to consider effective rodent control. Many do-it-yourself methods of pest control just aren't as effective as we would like them to be. Rodents reproduce quickly, and as a result, there are seldom just a few individuals to worry about. Methods like traps may be successful against a few individual mice or rats, but they are not enough to manage an infestation. 

Rodents are intelligent creatures and are adept at avoiding traps. They can learn from the experience of a few unlucky individuals and will begin avoiding areas where traps have been placed. That's if traps are successful in the first place. In order to be effective, you need to place traps along the runways mice or rats are using to travel around your home. They will need the correct bait, and you will need more of them than you think to make a dent in a rodent population. 

How To Safely Get Rid Of Rodents In Your Durham Home

The safer and more effective way to get rid of rodents is to partner with a professional who specializes in rodent control and has a variety of methods to go about eradicating an infestation. At The Eco Man Pest Solutions, we have over 25 years of experience in rodent control and offer specialty services to keep rodents away from your property.

We start with a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of your home to identify the extent of the infestation as well as the ways rodents are getting inside. This allows us to develop an eco-friendly pest control plan that is targeted at eliminating rodents from your home. Our treatments focus on sealing entry points and excluding rodents so that once we remove the population, you don't have to worry about mice or rats returning to your home. 

Get rodents out of your home and keep them out with help from The Eco Man Pest Solutions. Call today to request your free, no-obligation quote!

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