We're constantly on the fence when it comes to rodents. Are they cute, cuddly, pets? Are they creepy little pests? Depending on who you ask, you might just get both as an answer. We're here to help you with the latter, though as we kick off Rodent Awareness Week. Read on to get the scoop!
I'VE READ RODENTS CARRY DISEASES. IS THIS TRUE?
You've read correctly. While we're totally down with pet rats and mice, as they can be adorable, safe and affectionate companions, wild rodents--such as the ones you may have caught rummaging through your trash--carry many diseases that can be harmul to humans. These diseases can be transferred via their urine and feces, with fleas or ticks that might be along for the ride, or through their saliva because of a bite. Take it from the pros, who had this to say:
“Not only is a rodent infestation a nuisance, but these pests are known to spread a variety of dangerous diseases, including Salmonella, murine typhus, infectious jaundice, rat-bite fever and the potentially fatal Hantavirus,” said Franklin's VP of Operations. “It’s important for homeowners to know how to spot a rodent infestation within their homes and to take the necessary steps to avoid these unwanted visitors.”
It's extremely important to contact your local pest experts if you even suspect you might have a rodent infestation. Franklin Pest Solutions stresses the importance of this for not only peace of mind but because structural damage and health issues can occur even if you haven't actually seen a rodent.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A RODENT INFESTATION?
Thankfully, it's rather easy to tell. Rodents, even if you can't see them, can mean huge problems for your home and your wallet, so make sure you call us sooner rather than later.
- Droppings: These pellets are often left behind in places where food is stored, such as kitchen cabinets or pantries, as well as under sinks, inside chewed cardboard boxes, along baseboards and on top of wall beams.
- Gnaw marks: Mice are known to bite through walls, wood and wires. The damage to wiring within walls can increase the risk for a house fire.
- Nests: Rodents prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas where there is little chance of disturbance. Be on the lookout for shredded paper products, cotton, packing materials and other fabrics, as house mice like to build nests out of these materials.
- Rub marks: Rats tend to leave dark grease or dirt marks — from their oily fur — along walls and floorboards as they follow a trail throughout the home between their nest and food.
- Strange noises: Scurrying in the walls or in the attic could mean a rodent family is present. Rodents are especially fond of attics as it’s an isolated area for nest building.
I ABSOLUTELY I HAVE A RODENT PROBLEM. HELP!
Traditional pest control services can tackle most problems, but Franklin Pest Solutions also offers Rodent Exclusion Services to tackle problems at the source--where they're getting in. Most of the time, this is almost always a structural issue. Our experts take great care to cover each and every possible cause of a rodent problem, using several methods of prevention and protection:
- Thoroughly inspecting your building structure for gaps, cracks and crevices.
- Identifying access points to the inside of the building
- Caulking cracks and crevices
- Using expandable foam to seal gaps leading into the building
- Inserting copper wire mesh in crevices
- Installing deterrents to ward off animals or other pests
- Placing baited stations around the exterior to control certain types of pests that are harmful to your home and family, or business
We take great pride in our thorough coverage with our Integrated Pest Management approach that guarantees any completed pest control job with 100% customer satisfaction.
I SAW A MOUSE! OR WAS IT A RAT? I'M NOT SURE!
Unless you're very well read on rodents, it might be hard identify exactly which kind it was that you saw for a split second. Thankfully, the National Pest Management Association has given us a ton of resources including a slider of pest ID cards available in the slider at the bottom, but we also have a group of trained professionals with more helpful information about the pest problems you may have..
Here's Janelle Iaccino from our sister brand Rose Pest Solutions talking about rat problems in Chicago:
That's all for now, but Rodent Awareness Week isn't over yet! Use the buttons below to stay updated via our blog and social media. Remember, if you're worried about pests--even if they're not rodents--the experts at Franklin Pest Solutions are only a call (800-GOT-PESTS) or a click away!
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If you want to learn more about House Mice, Deer Mice, Norway Rats and Roof Rats, check out the slider below with images from the NPMA, or download the Rodent Pest ID Cards from Franklin Pest Solutions.