Mice and rats are two of the most common home rodents, and when one or two find their way inside, it may not seem like much of a risk as long as you don’t have to see them. However, they’re not simply nesting down and snacking on your food. There’s the possibility of physical damage and health risks. A pair can quickly multiply into an infestation, and calling pest control professionals is the only true way to resolve the issue. Here’s a look at how they can affect your home and family.
How Rats & Mice Can Create Problems in Your Home
1. Chewing Electrical Wires
Curious mice and rats looking for materials to build a nest out of may bite down on the electrical wiring in your walls. This can lead to house fires. These pests are often easy to detect when they hide in walls—listen for scratching and scurrying at night and pay attention to pets that get excited and sniff around a particular area.
2. Tearing Insulation
Insulation found in attics and walls is a perfect material for building a cozy nest, which is why it attracts rats and mice. Insulation rolls are essential for regulating home climate, and when they’re torn down enough, they won’t keep heat and cool air in. If you hear scurrying or suspect mice, look in areas with exposed insulation for signs of biting or tearing and call a pest control professional to take a closer look.
3. Carrying Diseases
Mice and rats have long been known to carry disease, some of which were as fatal as the Black Death plague. They still carry many today and will introduce them into your home. Hantavirus occurs from breathing fumes from rodent droppings and urine and creates respiratory infections; tularemia can lead to life-threatening fevers and infections; lymphocytic choriomeningitis can lead to neurological diseases and infect the central nervous system. It only takes one infected rodent to cause irreparable damage, so reach out to pest control professionals at first sight.
For over 35 years, residents of Statesboro, GA, have turned to Quality Exterminators of Georgia Inc for their pest control needs. These professionals serve all of Bulloch County, Screven County, Jenkins County, and Evans County, including the communities of Metter, Claxton, Pembroke, and Brooklet. They can address all your pest issues, including insect and rodent removal, and take a humane approach to eliminate infestations and prevent future ones. They’re committed to providing lasting protection following rodent removal services, so call (912) 764-6173 to schedule an exterminator. Explore their services in full on their website.