The word rodent conjures up images of dark, musty cellars in Victorian mansions; it certainly doesn’t remind most people of the thriving communities in Dallas! Believe it or not, there are rodent breeds which make their home throughout Dallas. House mice, Norway rats, and roof rats are all common in the area. All three types of rodents are what’s called commensal rodents, which is a word meaning they prefer to live side by side with humans. You likely don’t care for that arrangement as much as the rodent, so this blog is going to share a few simple things you can do to prevent a rodent infestation.
Living With Rodents Isn’t All That Great
While not every rodent is dangerous to human health. They’re not exactly welcome house guests. Rodents are universally destructive. They have teeth that grow continuously, like a cat’s claws, and need to be shaved through near-constant chewing. They chew through wires, insulation, and belongings such as books or bedding. Rats and mice don’t discriminate on where they use the bathroom. They leave droppings anywhere they’ve been, including your kitchen where food is prepared. These droppings carry bacteria and parasites, which could endanger your health.
Rodents Consider Your Home A Paradise
All rodents want are the same things you want: food, water, and shelter. You’ve done the hard work of setting up a nice, temperature-controlled home and filled it with food and running water. What’s not to love? There are areas within even the cleanest home which lay relatively untouched by humans. Places like attics, basements, or garages are all safe havens for rodents. Consider your holiday decoration storage area. How often do you poke around therein? If they are left alone, those storage spaces may become comfortable homes for rodents; they can nest there and crawl into the kitchen at night for food and water.
How to Prevent A Rodent Infestation
Much of preventing a rodent infestation is a mix of attentiveness and tidiness. Rodents want to be undisturbed. If they feel like you’re on the verge of discovering them with a vacuum hose or other products, they won’t stay still. Consistently checking every area of your home is the best way to make them uncomfortable enough to seek out a different house. It is best to shift items around every month. Another way to prevent a rodent infestation is by not leaving any food out or cleaning the dishes every single night. Package any pantry food in an airtight container to make them a more challenging target to the rodent. Don’t leave pet food out either! Feed your dog or cat at a designated time and put the food away all other times.
What To Do If You Suspect A Rodent Infestation
Rodents commonly hide in dark, untouched areas. They chew through soft items like cardboard boxes to make their bedding. As they chew, the shreds become their nests. You will likely notice their nests or droppings before seeing an actual rodent. They’re just as scared of you as you are of them! If you do spot one, don’t approach it. Any rodent, be it mouse or rat, can bite you if they feel threatened. Instead, call a trusted pest control professional immediately . We have the traps and baits which can humanely draw out and eradicate your rodent infestation.
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