Rodent Prevention for North Carolina Homeowners
If you have come to this article, chances are good you are dealing with rodents in or around your North Carolina home. Perhaps you are discovering nests of mice in your attic. Maybe you have seen tiny brown, rice-sized droppings in your kitchen drawers. Or maybe you are losing sleep because of maddening scritch-scratching, scampering noises above your head or inside the walls of your bedroom.
Threats Posed By Rodents In North Carolina (Outside)
Rodents lurking and taking up residence around your home can cause problems. They can nest in vehicles, causing significant damage over time. In fact, each year thousands of vehicles are damaged because of the nesting behaviors of rodents. Rodents can also cause damage to fruit trees, gardens, or areas where animal feed is stored.
Threats Posed By Rodents In North Carolina (Inside)
Once inside, rodents can cause a whole host of headaches! The following is a partial list of the problems rodents can bring with them when they get inside structures:
- Parasites: Rodents are known for carrying parasites with them. Mites, fleas and ticks are regular hitchhikers on rodents. If rodents are getting into your home, you may have a host of secondary issues to deal with: a flea infestation or the threat of Lyme disease, to name a few.
- Diseases: Rodents love to crawl around in filthy places. When they are roaming around on your kitchen counters at midnight, they could have just come in from foraging in the nearby sewer or dumpster where they came in contact with all sorts of dead, decaying material and are coated with harmful bacteria. Some diseases rodents are known to carry include hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis and tularemia.
- Damage: The incisors of rodents never stop growing. This means these animals never stop chewing to file those teeth down. When rats and mice and other rodents get into homes, they can do a lot of damage to stored items, food packaging, and even the wiring of a home, which could spark a house fire.
A Few DIY Rodent Prevention Tips
- Remove attractants from your property: Seal up outside garbage containers. This will keep smells in, and rodents out. Without covers on your trash, this will not only invite animals in to make a mess, but other pests will be drawn in as well.
- Remove hiding places: If your yard has items such as brush piles, leaf piles, discarded items, construction materials, or anything else rodents can use for a hiding place, then they will feel right at home coming in close to your house.
- Eliminate water sources. Fix leaky spigots, hoses or gutter systems, to keep things as dry as possible. If you have bird feeders, try keeping them away from your home. If there are areas where water pools because of compacted ground, try loosening the soil so the water soaks in after it rains.
- Remove overgrowth of weeds and trim back vegetation from around your perimeter: This will not only help to dry things out but it will further reduce hiding places, as well as eliminate "bridges" from the ground to the exterior walls of your home.
- Seal your foundation and outer walls: It doesn't take much of a gap for a mouse to squeeze into a structure (a hole the size of a dime will do nicely). Carefully inspect the outside of your home for gaps, cracks and holes, and seal them up. Pay close attention to areas that may be softened by water damage as well as around items that pass through your structure.
- Keep the inside of your home free of food and water sources: If mice or rats find a way in, but they don't find anything to eat inside your home, they will be unlikely to stay. Make sure to keep food stored in tightly sealed containers that rodents cannot chew through.
The Best Prevention Tip Of All!
If you have been noticing rodents around your home, there is no time to waste partnering with a professional pest control company. If you are seeing rodents or the signs of rodents inside your home, there is even less time to waste!
When you contact A-1 Pest Control for help with rodents, we will send one of our certified pest control technicians to survey your property. After evaluating, we will recommend a treatment plan and provide you with a quote. From there, we will implement a rodent control plan that will effectively eliminate existing rodent activity, and stop them from returning. We also offer one-time rodent treatments, if that's what you need. You don't have to live with the threats of rodents in your home, reach out to A-1 today.