Are Rats & Mice Dangerous?
Rats and mice are the last pests you want in your home or business. Not
only do they cause a serious amount of property damage (including structural
damage and house fires) but they are also known to carry and transmit
over 35 different diseases worldwide. Those who come into direct contact
with rodents, their urine, or their feces are at risk of contracting serious
illnesses and diseases.
Some of the diseases that can be either directly or indirectly transmitted
by rodents include:
- Rat-bite fever
- Lyme disease
- Colorado tick fever
How Do Rats & Mice Get In?
Each winter, upwards of 20 million homes are invaded by rodents, leaving
many home or business owners wondering how on earth rats and mice were
able to get inside. Thanks to their incredibly long, flexible bodies,
rats and mice can fit through any hole, crack, or crevice the size of
their head. Often, mice can fit through holes as small as the size of
a dime and rats can fit through holes as small as the size of a quarter.
That makes entering a home or business quite easy for them!
Signs of a Rodent Infestation
Some rodents, such as mice, are quite curious, which makes them more likely
to come out when people are around. Rats, on the other hand, will do just
about anything to avoid contact with humans, making a rat infestation
more difficult to identify. For help determining if you have a rodent
infestation, we’ve broken down some of the most common signs.
You need to schedule rodent control if you discover:
Sounds: Rats and mice tend to nest and hide away in hard-to-access areas such
as behind walls or in attics. While you can’t see them, you can
most likely hear squeaking, tapping, or scampering sounds coming from
your walls or attic.
Odors: Rodents spread bacteria and leave behind their urine and droppings wherever
they go, which can result in a very strong musty odor in the home or business.
If your home or business smells funky and you are struggling to find the
source, it would be a good idea to schedule a pest inspection.
Droppings: Rats and mice leave lots of droppings behind everywhere they go, so discovering
small, dark, shiny droppings with pointed ends is usually a good sign
that your home or business is infested.
Property damage: Rodents are notorious for causing a lot of property damage. Holes chewed
through walls, grease marks along walls and countertops, chewed up food
packaging, and exposed wires that have been gnawed on are all signs of
damage caused by rodents.
What Smell Keeps Rodents Away?
Millions of homes experience a rodent infestation every winter. These pests
can cause property damage and lead to certain health risks. Luckily there
are common household items and essential oils that produce odors that
deter mice and rats. We've listed below some of the smells that are effective
Here are smells that mice and rats dislike:
- Peppermint Oil
These are just a small number of smells you can place around your house
to stop any mice from making a home out of your house. After utilizing
any of these smells, if you are still experiencing rodent problems, don't
hesitate to contact our rodent control experts at Enviro-Tech Pest Services for
a fast and effective solution.
For same-day service and a free quote, call
(800) 836-3089 today.