It is safe to say that no Houston homeowner ever wants to spot a pest of any kind lurking in their house. However, perhaps the most disconcerting pest to see in your home is a rodent. Rodents can grow quite large, they can damage your property with their incessant chewing, and they are known to spread a wealth of diseases.
As such, it is important for you to know what your options are when it comes to rodent control in your Houston home. That means knowing what to do should your property become infested with rodents. If you don’t, you could leave yourself exposed to these fury pests and the potential threats they bring with them.
Identifying Common Area Rodents
Here in Houston, the rodents you are most likely to encounter are rats and mice. Usually, you will have an infestation of one or other, but rarely both. Rats, the larger of the two, can grow up to a foot or more in length. They are usually brown, gray, or black in color. They have long tails and small ears, neither of which are covered in fur.
Mice, on the other hand, only grow to be a few inches long. Their fur is usually gray and they have cream-colored bellies. Mice, compared to rats, have relatively short tails and larger ears. Also, their ears and tails are covered in fur.
One commonality between rats and mice (and all rodents for that matter) is that they have large front incisors that grow continuously throughout their lives. As such, rodents need to constantly be chewing on objects or else their teeth will grow too long.
Threats Posed By Rodents
Rodents are considered to be dangerous pests. This is because they can carry various pathogens and bacteria on their bodies which then contaminate the surfaces in your home as they scurry around. Moreover, their feces, urine, and saliva can also spread harmful bacteria and pathogens. Some examples of the illnesses rodents are known to transmit include hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bate fever, and salmonellosis. Additionally, rodents are also known to carry other pests such as ticks, fleas, and mites on their bodies which they can then introduce into your home.
In addition to spreading various illnesses, rodents can be destructive pests. This is due to them constantly needing to chew on objects. If rodents infest your home, they can do incredible amounts of damage as they chew on things such as drywall, wiring, and any other object around which they can get their mouths.
Why Rodents Are So Hard To Get Rid Of
Rodents are prolific pests which means they create incredibly large and continuously-growing infestations. As such, it can be quite difficult to fully eliminate an infestation with traditional tools such as traps.
Traps might be fine for catching a few rodents here or there, but overall, they will not effectively eliminate an entire infestation. This is because rodents are smart and will avoid traps if they spot them. Additionally, rodents are generally nimble enough that they can remove the bait from traps without setting off the mechanism.
Also, rodents are capable of slipping through the smallest holes, so you may not even know all the areas of your house where these pests are hiding. That’s why if you are dealing with a rodent infestation, you should seek help from trained pest professionals.
What To Do If You Have A Rodent Infestation
If rodents have infested your home, don’t waste your time and money trying to take care of the matter yourself. Instead, call the trained pest professionals here at GreenForce Pest Solutions. Not only will we eliminate any infestation with which you are currently experiencing, but we will also help you take the necessary steps to prevent future infestations.
Don’t let rodents run free in your home. Give us a call today.