Here in Vernal, we are familiar with pests that have the tendency to invade our homes most often. Being one of the top contenders for home-invading pests, rodents have the capability to turn a good week into a bad one quicker than you can say “Yikes!”. But what exactly can rodents do to cause problems in your Vernal home, and what is the best way to keep them out?
Problems Caused By Rodents
There are a few ways rodents can cause major problems to us or to our properties.
Rodents are known carriers of several different bacteria and pathogens that create serious health issues among humans. Some of the diseases you may have heard of include plague, salmonella, rat-bite fever, and leptospirosis. Additionally, rodents often bring other pests inside with them - usually in the form of parasitic insects such as fleas, mites, or ticks. These parasitic pests come with a whirlwind of their own health concerns. In fact, it is often rodents that are responsible for causing multiple pest infestations in your Vernal home.
Like many animals, rodents may choose to bite or scratch when they feel threatened. Cornering a rat or mouse while trying to get it out of your house could leave you with painful reminders of their presence, while also opening you to the possibility of infection.
Damage To Your Home
Because of their ever-growing front incisors, rodents have to find hard materials they can chew on to keep their teeth at a reasonable length. This can mean damage to your furniture, structural beams, bookcases, shelving, electrical systems, and piping. In certain circumstances, there have been records of rodent infestations leading to house fires because a wire had been chewed through.
How To Keep Rodents Out Of Your Home
While the best way to keep rodents from infiltrating your property is with a professional rodent control plan from Pickett Pest Control, you can do a few things that may deter rodents from invading your home in the future.
Declutter your lawn and home.
Store food in plastic containers instead of paper or cardboard boxes.
Don’t leave pet food where other animals can access it.
Store your garbage cans away from the exterior of your home and make sure they are sealed properly.
Seal all gaps and crevices along your roofline, exterior walls, and foundation.
No matter what you do to try and prevent rodents from invading your Vernal property, these prevention tips are unlikely to keep you 100% protected. These invasive pests can be dangerous and their extermination should be left to the professionals here at Pickett Pest Control. We have several home pest control plans that will keep rodents and other pests away from your home year-round. Contact us today to learn more about how our treatments work, or to schedule your inspection!