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Problems Rodents Cause & How To Get Rid Of Them In Souderton

March 15, 2022

 

The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a rodent problem. Rats and mice are not only a damage-causing nuisance to Souderton homes, but they are also carriers of diseases. There are a variety of domestic rodents that can infest your home. House mice are the most common in the area, followed by deer mice. Rats can also make themselves at home on your property, and the discovery of one can be quite startling. The average house mouse is between 2 to 3 inches long, while a rat can grow to be at least 9 inches. 

Fortunately, there are several preventative measures you can take to keep these pests out. A professional pest control service can also assist you with all of the different rodents that become unwanted guests in your home. Continue reading to learn more about the problems caused by rodents and the solutions provided by Moyer Pest Control.

How Rodents Get Into Souderton Homes

All known types of rodents enter homes in the same ways. Because they are small and nimble, rodents can find their way through even the smallest of cracks, so it's important to inspect your home for any places where they can access your house from the outdoors. Here are some common ways that domestic rodents could infest your home.

  • Broken screen vents

  • Openings in your chimney

  • Holes in walls around utility pipes that feed to the outside

  • Firewood stored too close to the house

  • Loose mortar and weather stripping

  • Open food not stored in airtight containers

Do your best to keep up with regular home inspections and maintenance. This allows you to make the repairs needed to keep your interior space pest-free. 

Why Rodents Invade Souderton Homes

Especially during the colder months of fall and winter, rodents seek shelter indoors where it's warm and dry. All rodents are "commensal," which means they thrive best when sharing spaces with humans. Although they can survive outdoors, they prefer structures. Rodents also seek out dark, secluded areas to build their nests. They're also nocturnal creatures, but you may see them in your house during the day. 

Noticing droppings is a common sign that you may have a mouse or a rat infestation. They will also leave gnaw marks where they chew and rub marks along the routes they make throughout your home. You may also find their burrows and notice a strong urine smell.   

Rodents Spread Diseases In Souderton

Although the types of infectious diseases can vary, all kinds of rodents are known to be carriers. The following list contains those that are most common.

  • Hantavirus

  • Leptospirosis

  • Tularemia

  • Salmonella

  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM)

  • Rat-bite fever

It's important to promptly address any rodent infestation in your household immediately. These diseases can spread through contaminated food and surfaces, negatively impacting the health of you and your family. Eating food that has salmonella will cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. Rat-bite fever is less common and can be transmitted through contact with dead rodents or their feces. Symptoms of rat-bite fever can take up to ten days to appear and include a rash, fever, head and body aches, and vomiting. 

Get Rid Of Rodents In Souderton Homes

If you've discovered you have a rodent infestation, the best way to alleviate your worries and get rid of the problem fast is to trust the experts. Moyer Pest Control has been helping homeowners throughout Souderton and West Chester stay free from all rodents and pests since 1869.

At Moyer Pest Control, we offer a suite of programs to meet your needs and budget. Choosing one of our signature Home Guard plans includes several treatments throughout the year. No matter what kinds of rodents have made their way into your space, we'll provide you with peace of mind and address all of your pest control needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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