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Keep Rats Out Of Your Home

January 26, 2016

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Pests can be classified in various categories from simple nuisance pests to pests that cause structural damage as well as pests that are a threat to the health and well-being of humans. Then there are those pests that send shivers down one’s spine and forces involuntary screams to escape from one’s mouth. The rat falls into that last category. Rats are actually guilty of all categories listed: they are nuisances, cause structural damage, and are a threat to the health of people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that rats and mice spread more than 35 diseases worldwide. The diseases carried by rodents can be spread through direct contact of handling rodents, contact with rodent feces, saliva, urine, or from being bitten. These diseases originating in rodents can also be spread indirectly through fleas, ticks, or mites that were once feeding on an infected rodent.

There are several diseases that can be directly transmitted by rodents, some of which include: Leptospirosis, Plague, Rat-Bite fever, Salmonellosis, and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. There are other diseases that can be transmitted indirectly, including Lyme disease and West Nile Virus.

The best protection against exposure to rodent disease and structural damage caused by rodents is total elimination inside and outside the home. While eradication of rat infestation is not an easy task for the "Do It Yourself" individual, preventive measures of future infestations should be monitored on a regular basis. The primary attractants to rodents are food, water, and shelter. Removing all three of these will discourage rats from your property.

The first step toward rodent management begins with cleaning up all food sources, water, and nesting sites. A rat that can find no food or water will automatically go other places until he finds what he’s looking for. The other preventive step is to seal off all potential points of entry. A thorough search should be performed inside and outside the home for any cracks or holes through which a rodent can pass. These entry points must then be sealed off to prevent further infestations.

Moyer Pest Control, a member of Pennsylvania Pest Management Association, understands the anxiety and inconvenience pests can invoke upon homeowners and business owners. However, they also know the risk of diseases that compromise the health of people as well as the extensive damage rodents can cause with the electrical wiring and structure of buildings. When you contact Moyer, you will be tapping into our long, successful tradition of helping homeowners protect their families and homes from all kinds of pests.

Your Moyer representative will share our various Home Guard programs designed to fit your needs and budget. These Home Guard programs can be customized to cover all common household pests and can even include termites, mosquitoes, and stink bugs. Our quarterly services are cost-effective and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Give Moyer a call today and let us solve all your rodent and pest control issues.

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