When it comes to home-invading pests, some of the largest and most dangerous that you are likely to encounter here in Orlando are rodents. Rodents are mammals that live outside in many different environments. However, while in search of food, water, or shelter, they will often come into our homes, bringing all sorts of diseases with them. Moreover, rodents are also known to cause property damage once they get inside. You need to know what your options are should these disease-spreading pests make their way into your Orlando home and how do you get them out!
Identifying Common Home-Invading Rodents
While there are many different rodents throughout the world, two common home-invading rodents that you are likely to encounter here in Orlando are rats and mice. Though they differ in both size and shape, both rats and mice are dangerous pests to have in your home. Moreover, you will likely only have one or the other in your home, almost never both.
Rats can grow to be over a foot long including their long, furless tails. They are usually black, brown, gray, or a combination of three. Mice, much smaller than rats, grow to be a few inches long at most. While the tails and ears of rats are furless, mice have a felt-like fur on their ears and tails. Mice tend to be brown or dust gray and their bellies are often cream-colored. Both rats and mice have large front incisors that grow constantly throughout their lives. As a result, they must constantly be chewing on objects to prevent their teeth from growing too long.
Dangers Posed By Rodent Infestations
There are many reasons you do not want rodents infesting your home. First, they are known to carry and spread a wealth of different diseases. These include hantavirus, bubonic plague, tularemia, and rat-bite fever. While they can be carriers themselves, rodents can also contaminate food and surfaces in your home with disease-causing bacteria and pathogens through their feces, urine, and saliva. They are also known to carry other parasitic pests on their bodies such as fleas, mites, and ticks. They can then introduce these parasites—each bringing their own unique issues with them—into your home which only makes your problems worse.
Rodents need to constantly be chewing on objects to prevent their teeth from overgrowing, and your home is at risk of property damage if rodents get inside. They have been known to damage wires, drywall, PVC piping, and just about any other objects they can get their mouths around.
Given all the issues that come along with rodent infestations, you need to know a few signs to identify an infestation should one occur in your home. That way you can react quickly and limit your exposure to all the potential threats. Signs include spotting rodent droppings around your home, especially in the kitchen; noticing chew marks on objects, especially food packaging; and, given their larger size, spotting the rodents themselves.
The Pitfalls Of DIY Rodent Control
Oftentimes, when people are faced with a rodent infestation, they elect to take care of it themselves. More often than not this involves the use of traps. However, rodents are smart and nimble creatures that will actively avoid traps if they spot them and they are capable of removing bait from traps without setting them off. Even if you do catch one or two rodents, they are prolific breeders, so you probably haven’t made much of a dent in their overall population in your home. Unfortunately, the longer a rodent infestation lasts in your home, the more you are exposed to all the potential threats that come with them.
Your Source For Effective Rodent Control
If you do find yourself dealing with a rodent infestation, the most effective and safest way to get rid of them is by contacting the professionals here at Green Flag Services. Our expert pest technicians are fully equipped with the requisite experience and equipment to effectively eliminate any rodent infestation with which you are dealing. So, don’t let rodents spread their diseases in your home. Give us a call now at Green Flag Services!