When to Call a Rodent Exterminator
Serving Illinois and Indiana
Whether you’ve encountered a mouse scampering along your kitchen floor, a rat chewing on your electrical cords, or squirrels nesting in your crawl space, rodents can cause a homeowner serious headaches. As soon as you notice a rodent in your home, it’s important to call a professional before the situation becomes worse.
Property Damage Caused by Rodents
Whether it’s a field mouse or a chipmunk, all rodents have one thing in common: they love to chew. Here are some things to know about rodents’ chewing behaviors:
- Because a rodent’s incisors never stop growing, it has to gnaw on things to wear down its teeth; otherwise, the incisors may grow through its jaw and prevent the rodent from opening its mouth.
- From drywall to hardwood, a rodent can chew through almost anything, making the walls and other objects in your home perfect for wearing down its teeth. It can also chew through wires, causing short circuits or potential fires under the right conditions.
- If squirrels or mice get into your attic or basement, they will chew holes in cardboard boxes and build nests within furniture or the walls.
Rats and Mice Causing Allergies
These pests also leave behind dander, which can cause allergic reactions such as hives or asthma attacks. When rodents get into your cabinets and pantries, they contaminate food items as they chew through boxes and leave behind urine and feces. Eating or touching contaminated items puts you in direct contact with infectious rodent-borne diseases such as rat-bite fever. Because female rodents such as rats can breed as many as 15 times in one year, it won’t take long before a colony has infested your home.
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Should I Call a Rodent Exterminator? Four Reasons Why You Need Expert Help
1. One of many: So you’ve found one mouse or rat in your property. Bad news – rodents are infamous for their capacity to breed, and if you find one the odds are good that there are more hiding in the house. You might not know how to find and treat them, but a qualified exterminator will.
2. Deadly droppings: A major sign of a rodent infestation is finding rat or mouse droppings around the hidden corners of your house. Rodent poop could potentially carry pathogens like Hantavirus or listeria, and if mishandled you risk releasing particles of the disease into the air. Our rat exterminators will know how to safely and hygienically remove these droppings and the pests that caused them.
3. Risk of fire: As we’ve said above, rats and mice like to chew. And, in the process of chewing tunnels and tearing material for their nests, they may bite at the wiring in your walls. This, if left untreated, increases your risk of electrical fire. That’s why it’s so important to call an exterminator at the first sign of rodents.
4. One of many, many more: When rodents infest a home in [city], they don’t come alone. They might be carrying ticks and other parasitic insects that could then spread into the rest of your property. Or the problem may come from the openings they make throughout the structure of your home, which are also big enough to act as entryways for anything from ants to spiders. Let our exterminating team keep that from happening.
How do Exterminators Get Rid of Mice?
The way exterminators get rid of rats and mice in [city] varies. What works for you will depend on the scope and location of your infestation, but our technicians know what steps to take to make sure you can get back to being pest-free. If you call us for rodent extermination, this is what happens next:
- We’ll send a technician to inspect the interior and exterior of your home, looking for potential entry points to document and cover.
- In minor cases, you may only need rat traps placed in strategic locations around the house.
- If rat traps do not work, we can install a bait station on the property that will kill mice with poisoned bait.
- For severe rat and mouse infestations, our exterminators are trained in fumigating the house – the most comprehensive treatment to get rid of mice and rats.
There are guides online that can teach you how to make a DIY rodent trap, and sometimes they work. But it’s very rare to have a rodent infestation with only one rat or mouse. If you want to get the most thorough service, the kind that ensures the removal of every trace of rodents, you need professional help. That’s where the exterminators at Anderson Pest Solutions come in.
When to Call a Rodent Exterminator?
Immediately! Rodents can squeeze through tiny cracks, crevices and other openings around your home. Once inside, it won’t take long for them to find a hiding place out of sight. Rodent extermination experts from Anderson Pest Solutions can identify and block these pest entryways, preventing entrance into your home. Without preventative rodent control, rodents can come inside and breed through the fall, creating a serious infestation. Our team will not only eradicate existing infestations but also create a barrier that protects your home against future intrusions by rodents or other outdoor pests. If you have an infestation, contact us today to schedule an appointment. If you don’t have an infestation but you’ve seen a rat or mouse in your yard or a neighbor has rodent problems, contact us to schedule rodent prevention measures.
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