How To Get Rid Of Rodents On Your Columbus Property
February 01, 2021 - Rodents
Rodents scurrying across the kitchen floor is not just a movie and television troupe. It is an experience that can be all too real for property owners with an infestation. Common home-invading rodents in central Ohio include rats, mice, and squirrels.
When it comes to mice and rats, an infestation will consist of one or the other. You will rarely have an infestation of more than one species of rodent. This is why it is essential to tell the difference between mice and rats, as identifying them will help get you and your pest management team develop a fool-proof strategy for elimination.
Difference Between Mice & Rats
Although these two rodents are often lumped together in the same category and misidentified as each other, they are very different.
Mice have large ears, a longer tail than their body, and are usually light grey to brown with a lighter color on their stomach. On the other hand, rats are white, grey, brown, and black and are often dirty enough that they leave grease marks in places they touch. Their tails are long and usually hairless and scaly.
Mature rats are larger than mice and have a blunter snout. And when it comes to behavior, mice are bolder and more adventurous, while rats are more cautious and fearful.
No matter which rodent you are dealing with, over time they will cause extensive damage to your home leading to structural and health concerns.
Dangers Of Rodents
Rodents are a dangerous pest that no one wants hanging around on their property and, worse, inside their home. Problems rodents can cause include:
Rodents are known for their chewing. This is because their teeth never stop growing, and to keep their teeth from overgrowing, they need to chew and gnaw. They will chew anything from wires to drywall and pipes.
They will also chew and stain furniture, clothing, books, and other items.
Because rodents will chew through almost anything, they can lead to short circuits, fire damage, and water damage.
While looking for food in your home, rodents can contaminate food with their saliva and excrement.
Rodents can carry fleas, ticks, and other parasites into your home.
They can also spread diseases such as salmonella and hantavirus that can make people seriously ill.
There are several signs to look for if you suspect you might have a rodent infestation. These signs include:
Chewing on food packaging
Droppings in and around the kitchen
Chewed holes in the floor or walls
Shredded paper, fabric, and other materials that can be used for nesting
When it comes to a pest infestation, many people might choose to handle it independently, and although this might be effective for some pests, rodents are a different story.
Effective Rodent Control In Columbus
If you have rodents infesting your home, you might be inclined to try and get rid of them yourself. However, professionals at Mandau’s Pest Solutions advise against this as it is less than effective and potentially dangerous.
Your first instinct if you see a rodent in your home might be to go to the store and buy traps. If you are inexperienced with any traps, they can be dangerous to you, your family, and your pets. Failed pest control can even make infestations worse. This is why you should always seek professional help.
If you are in the Central Ohio area, you should contact the professionals at Mandau’s Pest Solutions. You can trust our trained and experienced professionals to get the job done whether it be home pest control or commercial pest management. Give us a call today!
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