Whether they are big, fat rats, or itty bitty mice, rodents can cause a lot of problems in your Aiken home. They don't do it on purpose. They are just doing what comes naturally. Here are a few things that mice and rats do naturally that can present a threat to your health and property.
Rodents Leave Waste Lying Around
Mice and rats leave their droppings everywhere. They're as comfortable to leave them in secluded attic and basement areas as they are in your pantry or kitchen. We don't have to tell you how bad this is for your health. Any animal that leaves waste lying around in your home will present a disease threat. But rodents are a particular concern because their waste can contain pathogens and organisms. This leads us to the next thing rodents naturally do.
Rodents Explore Dumpsters And Sewers
Mice and rats travel in some pretty disgusting places. They aren't nearly as concerned about cleanliness as we are. This exposes them to harmful bacteria and parasitic worms. They'll also consume things that we would never consume in a million years. This can make the fecal matter of rodents toxic to us in many ways.
Rodents Explore Your Home
Mice and rats love to explore. As a rodent explores your home and rubs up against your packaged foods, or crawls over your cutting board, it can contaminate these, and cause you to get sick. When they leave their waste around your home, it can dry and become airborne particulate matter. This can lead to respiratory issues.
Rodents Eat Dog Droppings
While animal waste is not a preferred food source for them, rodents will sometimes eat it. Some rats may even collect waste into a pile. This natural behavior can make the droppings of these rodents more toxic when left around inside your home.
Rodents Chew, And Chew, And Chew
Mice and rats chew holes to get into your home.
Mice and rats chew holes to go from one room to another or from a wall void into a storage space.
Mice chew on stored furniture and boxed items.
Mice chew on stored food.
Mice chew on wires.
Mice chew on insulation, wallpaper, and other items to collect material for their nests.
Rodents Travel Through Tall Grass
Mice and rats prefer to be under cover. They will travel through overgrowth, tall grass, and dense vegetation because it gives them more protection from predators. This exposes them to ticks, fleas, and other parasites. When a rodent gets into your home, it will bring these parasites with them. A single mouse can have as many as a hundred seed ticks on its body. When those seed ticks fall off in search of a larger host, they'll be crawling all around your home looking for a blood meal. This can expose you, your family, and your pets to harmful diseases.
Rodents Urinate To Mark Their Territory
You will rarely have mice and rats living in your home at the same time. This is because they mark their territory with little drops of urine. Over time, this can cause quite a smell in your home. Some rodents can spread a serious respiratory disease called Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome by leaving urine around.
Some Rodents Dig Holes
If you have a Norway rat infestation on your property, you're likely to find holes in the ground. These holes can be unsightly. But they may also invite a yellow jacket infestation, or an infestation of other pests that use holes created by burrowing pests.
If you have a couple of rodents in your walls, it won't take long for those two rodents to turn into twenty rodents. As the population grows, all of the problems listed above will grow as well.
Are you finding rodents in your Aiken residence?
If so, we recommend that you contact us here at Aiken Pest Control and let our team of licensed service professionals assist you with removing and excluding those rodents from your home. There are far too many ways rodents can make you sick and damage your belongings. Let us help you get protected, and stay protected. Reach out to us today.