Rodent Control Services
Rodents pose a serious threat to residential homes. With over 2,000 species of rodents, the potential for an infestation to occur are high in modern homes. These creatures typically enter a home in search of warmth, food or water. Once they take up residence, rodents can transmit diseases through parasites, fleas, ticks and food contamination.
A Look at a Rodent
Rodents are warm-blood creatures that have large front teeth for gnawing. These teeth can damage items in your home and the property's structure over time. The fact that rodents are rapid breeders makes an infestation even more worrisome. Once the rodents have taken up residence, they can immediately reproduce. Rodents are able to reproduce year round and have multiple offspring each time.
The design of the rodent's body is one of the main reasons why this pest is so challenging to exterminate. Their bodies are designed in a way that allows them to squeeze through spaces that seem to be too small for their bodies. After getting into a wall or cupboard, they will often be cautious about exploring the other areas of the home. To make sure that rodents do not take up residence permanently, homeowners have to seal all of the holes and spaces that are present.
Preventing an Infestation
Ideally, the first goal is to prevent an infestation from occurring. With this in mind, homeowners should remove any food that the rodents can eat. Removing garbage and sweeping up crumbs should be done on a regular basis. Since rodents can gnaw through cardboard and plastic packaging, dried goods should be stored in sealed glass or metal containers. In addition, cardboard should be kept outside of the home since rodents love to use cardboard for nesting.
Solving a Rodent Infestation
Rodents are incredibly adaptable and are found throughout the world. Their adaptable nature means that they are extremely difficult to get rid of without proper precautions. Once they are inside of a building, the rodents may destroy the property, spread disease and reproduce rapidly. The first goal is to rodent-proof the house. Any hole should be sealed completely. A mouse can enter through a hole that is the size of a dime, and rats can squeeze through holes the size of a quarter. All of these holes must be sealed or rodents will just return after the initial extermination.
To remove rodents that are still in the home, rodent traps may be used. Rats are notoriously wary of new environments, so it may take a few weeks until they are comfortable enough with the trap to actually step into it. Throughout this process, it is important that children and pets are kept away from the rodents. In addition to spreading disease, rodents will also bite as a defense.
Handling an infestation takes skill and a considerable amount of time. If you want to ensure that the rodents are removed safely and permanently, Cornerstone Pest Management can help. Certified by the ACE, we can help with all of your rodent and pest control needs.
Call us today for immediate help with your pest infestation problem!