Oftentimes when someone thinks that they have a rodent infestation, their first instinct is to run to the hardware store and purchase a few glue traps. And, while we applaud your ambition on being proactive and tackling this problem on your own, we also understand how difficult it can be to rid your home of an infestation. While you may catch a rodent or two in those traps, if you leave even one behind, you could end up with a whole new infestation shortly after. Not to mention that you may be endangering yourself by handling dead rodents.
At Earthwise Pest Management, we offer professional rodent control services. We’ll help to remove any rodents currently inhabiting your home and prevent future infestations from occurring. Reach out to our team today to learn more.
Signs You Have a Rodent Infestation
As with any pest infestation, there are telltale signs that the pest problem you are facing may be caused by rodents such as rodent droppings, holes being chewed in food packaging or your walls, as well as hearing scratching or the pitterpat of little rodent feet scrambling through your walls. These are all signs that you may be faced with a rodent infestation. Catching these signs early on can help you to prevent bigger problems. The smaller the infestation, the easier it is to remove, and the less hazardous the infestation can be. However, the team at Earthwise Pest Management will handle any rodent infestation, big or small.
Why a Rodent Infestation Can Be Hazardous
While just the thought of having a rodent infestation in your home can be enough to make you squirm, it’s not just the yuck factor that makes rodents undesirable roommates. Rodents can spread disease and cause property damage to your home. A rodent infestation can make you and your family sick, and is not to be taken lightly.
Health Problems Caused by Rodents
Rodents aren’t just a nuisance, they can also be a health hazard. Rats can spread disease by contaminating your food or food contact surfaces, through bites, scratches, and through their feces, blood, urine, and saliva. Diseases from rats can be transmitted in several ways including the following:
- Direct contact: Handling dead rodents or items in your home that have been directly contaminated with feces, silvia, urine, or blood can spread disease
- Inhalation: You can also become sick from breathing in rodent feces and urine.
- Bites and scratches: Rodents can spread disease and infection through their bites and scratches.
- Ingestion of contaminated food: Rodents can contaminate your food or your food contact surfaces such as countertops or dishes.
There are a number of bacteria and viruses that rodents can spread through these methods. Some just cause flu-like symptoms while others can make you seriously sick or even lead to death if left untreated. Some of the most common types of diseases transmitted by rodents include:
- Rat-bite fever
Property Damage Caused by Rodents
In addition to being a health hazard, rodents can also damage your home. One of the telltale signs of a rodent infestation is finding gnaw marks on your walls, baseboards, or other areas of your home that are easily accessible to rats. This can be frustrating, and depending on the amount of damage, cost a bit to repair.
And as much as the gnaw marks around your house may seem like reason enough to get help from a professional pest control company, rodents are also known for gnawing on electrical wires both inside and outside of your walls. This can cause damage to your appliances and be a huge fire hazard.
It’s Time to Contact the Sacramento Pest Control Experts
Are you experiencing any of the signs of a rodent infestation that we have discussed today? If so, it’s time to reach out to the Sacramento pest control experts at Earthwise Pest Management. Our team is experienced, educated, and determined to remove any rodents from your home. We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with a rodent infestation on your own, and how difficult it can be to get rid of the pests for good. That’s why we utilize our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system to remove rodents from your home and to help you prevent them from ever returning. Contact our team today to learn more about our rodent control services.