Effective Rodent Removal
RODENTS CAN CONTAMINATE YOUR HOME!
Rodent Removal Services
Almost one-third of Americans have had a rodent problem at home. Infestations are more common in the fall and winter, but they can happen at any time of year. We have prepared a brief guide to help homeowners protect themselves.
Types of Rodents in Ohio
Norway rats, also called common rats or sewer rats, are found throughout the state. These large rodents are 7 to 9.5 inches long, with long, hairless tails. Outdoors, they can be found in places like fields and farmlands. Indoors, they tend to nest in basements or in piles of undisturbed materials.
House mice are also found throughout Ohio. They’re much smaller than rats, at only 2.5 to 3.7 inches long, not including their tails. In homes, they often hide in places like wood piles and rafters.
Red squirrels, gray squirrels, and fox squirrels are some other common rodents you could encounter. They’re easily identified by their bushy tails. When they move indoors, they can be found in attics.
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How to Keep Rodents Away
With so many risks posed by rodents, it’s essential to keep them away from your home. To avoid attracting rodents, eliminate the food they need to survive.
- Remove food from your counters
- Store pantry goods in rodent-proof containers
- Wipe your kitchen counters regularly
- Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight
- Store trash in a heavy-duty container with a tight lid
Sealing up holes in your home’s exterior can also help keep out rodents, though you have to be thorough, because a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a nickel. Look for holes around doors, windows, and utility entry points.
If you’re concerned about rodents, the Ohio pest control experts at EarthRite can help! Call us today for all your rodent control needs.
Risks Posed by Rodents
When rodents decide to move into people’s homes, they can cause many problems, making rodent control crucial. Hungry rats and mice can eat huge amounts of food, and they contaminate even more food with their feces, urine, and hair. Any food that’s been contaminated by rodents needs to be discarded.
Rodents gnaw through floors, walls, windows, and other materials to create hiding places or to gain access to food. This can cause significant damage throughout homes. Worse, rodents are also attracted to wires, like computer wires and utility wires. With this habit, they can damage electronics or even start fires.
Rodents are vectors for serious diseases like rat bite fever, salmonellosis, and leptospirosis. Rodent-borne diseases can spread through contact with contaminated urine or feces, or through bites from infected rodents.