Helpful Rodent Exclusion Guide For New Haven County Homeowners

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The last thing you want to see inside your home is a rodent. These small invasive animals can quickly take over your home. If you think you may have a rodent infestation, Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control, a New Haven pest control company, has the knowledge and experience needed to eliminate the infestation from your home quickly. Here is a look at everything you need about rodent control and exclusion. 

The Types of Rodents That Commonly Invade New Haven Homes

New Haven County is home to 12 different types of rodents, which include squirrels, voles, chipmunks, and muskrats. The good news is that most of them live in the wild and usually do not come in contact with humans. Unfortunately, a few rodents commonly find their way into homes in and around New Haven. 

The three most common types of rodents that you may find in your home include the following:

  • Norway rats
  • White-footed mouse
  • House mice

All three of these rodents can cause excessive damage to your home and be hazardous to your health. 

The Many Problems A Rodent Infestation Can Create In Your Home

The mice and rats that invade your home may be small, but that doesn't stop them from causing big problems. If you have a rodent in your home, here are the hazards you may soon face. 

1. Contaminated Food

Rodents are not hygienic animals. They spend most of their days in trash cans and other filthy spaces. Without you even realizing it, rodents can crawl across your countertops, dining tables, and other common eating areas. Make sure to store food in bite-proof containers to protect food.

2. Sudden Illnesses

Rats and mice not only spread bacteria, but they can also spread diseases. Some of the most common diseases rodents can spread include leptospirosis, hantavirus, salmonellosis, and tularemia. 

3. Expensive and Dangerous Damage to Your Home

Mice and rats have sharp front teeth that can chew through a wide range of hard and durable materials. They can easily gnaw through walls, cabinets, and other wooden surfaces. 

When rodents get into your walls, they will nibble on anything they can find, including your electrical wires. Having the damaged wires fixed by a professional electrician can be very costly. Damaged wires can cause a shortage in your electrical outlets and are a potential fire hazard. 

4. Secondary Infestation

Rodents carry other parasites, like fleas, ticks, mites, and worms. These nasty parasites can quickly multiply, leaving you with a second pest infestation in your home. 

You should take action immediately if you see even one rodent in your home. The longer you wait to get rid of the mice and rats, the better chance you have of ending up with a more severe problem. 

Five Easy Yet Effective Rodent Exclusion Tips For Around The House

Rodents need food, water, and shelter to survive. If you eliminate those three necessities, the mice and rats will go elsewhere to get those things. 

To get rid of all the rodents in your home, follow these five steps:

  1. Seal gaps or cracks around your home's doors, windows, and pipes.
  2. Keep all food in metal or glass containers. Make sure that the containers have a sealable lid.
  3. Immediately dry all water off of sinks and countertops after using the faucets.
  4. Make sure there are no leaking pipes in or around your home.
  5. Keep a tight lid on your outdoor trash cans, and keep the cans as far away from your home as possible. 

If you have a mild rodent invasion, you may be able to get rid of the rodents yourself. However, if you have a more severe infestation, you will need to call a professional pest control company to eliminate them from your property completely. 

Contact The Professionals For Total Rodent Control

If you have a rodent problem, do not hesitate to contact Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control today. We specialize in total rodent control in New Haven County. We offer same-day treatment options and know what it takes to get rid of the rodents in your home for good.