How Rodents Could Get Inside Your Souderton Home This Winter
December 12, 2018
No one likes to hear scratching in the walls or ceiling of their home. These disturbing sounds are a sure sign that something is there that shouldn’t be. The fact that you're hearing these noises means your problem won't be a small one that is easy to resolve.
The Problems Rodents Cause for Souderton Homes
What problems do rodents cause?
Rodents chew constantly on almost anything they can find. That means they’ll damage your belongings, your walls, the insulation within the walls, pipes, and even wiring. Not only is this damage costly to repair or replace, if it goes unnoticed, it’s also dangerous. A home with damaged wiring, for example, is a fire hazard.
Rodents contaminate the surfaces they walk over. If they crawl around on your countertops or food prep surfaces, there is a good chance they will leave feces, urine, and other contaminants behind. This could cause you or a family member to become quite ill.
They bring other pests inside. Rodents are often hosts to a variety of parasites, including ticks, and fleas. If they get into your house, these other pests will, too, and there’s a high likelihood that they’ll end up finding a new host within the house.
How do Rodents Get Inside?
If you don’t see any obvious ways for rodents to get into your house, you may wonder how they found their way indoors. Believe it or not, rodents do not need a sizable entry point to gain access to your home. Rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, and mice can fit through one the size of a dime.
Here are a few things you can do to keep rodents out of your home:
- Seal any holes, cracks, or gaps around your foundation and walls.
- Check for gaps around your windows and doors.
- Cap your chimney.
- Cover any open vents.
- Repair torn screens.
- Avoid attracting rodents to your property with these tips:
- Don’t leave food sources, such as pet food, bird feeders, and open trash containers outside.
- Keep wood and brush piles, as well as bushes, shrubbery, and rock walls, away from the perimeter of your home.
- Inside, don’t leave food out on the counter.
- Immediately clean up spills and crumbs.
- Wash dirty dishes promptly.
- Sweep and vacuum regularly.
- What to do if Rodents Have Gained Entry to Your Souderton Home
If, despite your best efforts, you’re still seeing or hearing signs of rodents in your home, it’s best to call a professional pest control company to take care of the infestation. Rodents can hide deep within the wall and ceiling voids in your house. They are both difficult and dangerous to try to eliminate on your own.
Moyer Pest Control uses EPA-approved removal techniques and products to ensure your family’s safety and the complete removal of the entire rodent population that has taken up residence in your home. We’ll also help you identify how they’re getting inside so you can prevent future infestations. With Moyer’s help, you can be sure that rodents won’t ruin your winter.