Understand Your Enemy
The secret to controlling rodents is understanding them. To start, you should know that all rodents have sharp front incisor teeth that never stop growing. Beavers use their teeth to cut down trees, squirrels use theirs to open nuts. Rodents that invade homes (such as rats and mice) use their teeth to chew holes through walls, gnaw on furniture, tear up insulation, sever electrical wires, and nibble on anything else that is in their way or catches their interest.
Another thing you should know is that small rodents, like mice, can squeeze through holes that are the size of a dime. Larger rodents like rats and squirrels need slightly larger entrance points. However, they are agile and able to look for ways indoors by climbing onto the roofs of homes. There have even been instances when rodents enter into homes by crawling through sewer pipes and out of toilets!
In addition to being incredibly destructive, rodents are also a danger to both humans and animals. The two main ways they cause threats are with the diseases-causing organisms they carry inside their bodies and the disease-carrying pests they carry on their bodies. When rodents use the restroom in your home, the excrement and urine they leave behind act as sickness vectors. Hantavirus is one uncomfortable disease you may contract from interacting with rodent droppings. Another way you might get sick is by being bitten by the fleas, ticks, and mites rodents regularly carry. These parasitic pests can carry diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and murine typhus.
The last thing you should know about rodents is that they are preventable, with a little bit of effort. If you have some time and would like to deter these pests from invading your living areas, here are some great DIY rodent prevention tips that our experts recommend you try.
- Use a caulking gun or some liquid cement to seal off holes and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation, gaps along the edges of window/door frames, and spacing around utility piping and wires that lead into your home.
- Make sure your window/door screens and doors sweeps are in good working order.
- Address moisture issues around your home, like water build-up, leaks, and damaged gutters.
- Thoroughly clean your home once a week and keep things tidy, including inside areas like basements and attic spaces.
- Store leftover food in airtight containers.
- Invest in rodent-proof trash cans.
How To Get Rid Of Rodents
If you are up against an active infestation of rodents inside your Eustis home, your best option to get them out is to contact the pest control professionals in Eustis at Pest Ref Services. We will inspect your home for different types of pest rodents, identify threats, and remove any we find. We will then offer you some helpful professional rodent control options to keep these furry pests out in the future.
Contact us now to find an answer to your rodent problems or to get a quote for your Eustis home.