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Mice and rats enter homes and buildings looking for shelter and food, while voles, gophers, and other burrowing rodents primarily affect yards. Mice and rats are particularly problematic because they contaminate food, cause damage to structures, and spread diseases.
How Rodents Enter
Mice and rats are quite acrobatic and can enter through spaces as small as half an inch. They are skilled at climbing, running, jumping, and digging, meaning that they can go almost anywhere they want to. Because rodents’ survival instinct causes them to seek food and shelter, the key to keeping rodents out of a home or building is to ensure they can’t find either of these in the home or business.
Rodents Cause Damage
Rodents, especially mice and rats, can cause serious damage. They’re genetically programmed to gnaw, and they aren’t picky about what they gnaw on—wood, sheet rock, electrical wires, and insulation are all fair game. This behavior can cause structural issues for houses and buildings, as well as electrical shorts and fires. Burrowing rodents destroy gardens, lawns, and irrigation systems.
Rodents Carry Diseases
Rodents can carry myriad diseases, including tularemia, salmonellosis, and hantavirus. You don’t have to get bitten by a rodent to experience these diseases, since food contamination is the primary way many of their diseases are transmitted.
How to Prevent Rodents
While some areas are more prone to rodents than others, there are several things you can do to make your home or building less inviting to rodents.
- Seal all holes and cracks.
- Don’t leave food out.
- Clean regularly to avoid crumbs.
- If you see droppings and suspect you have a rodent problem, contact us for help.