What's so bad about rodents?
They are major carriers of disease such as Hantavirus and rat bite fever. Their nesting habits do thousands of dollars of damage to insulation, electrical wiring, HVAC units and sometimes even the structural framework of the house. Through mass multiplication they will encroach upon all areas of the house, chewing through containers and nesting in the bottom of furniture, until they take over like the movie Willard! There are no man made structures that can benefit from a rodent's presence.
What if they are just in the attic or crawl space?
No! Remember, all of your utility lines (water, plumbing, gas, heat, etc.) have to come through holes cut through the framework of the house. Holes are often cut too large. Once a rodent has gotten into the framework of your house, the clock is ticking.
Are rodent spread viruses really dangerous?
Yes. Black Plague, trichinosis, typhus, yellow fever and Hantavirus are just a few examples of rodents spread disease.
Do I need a pest control company?
No, because when you're done reading you'll know as much as any Pest Control Operator. You won't need anybody! However, there are some aspects you may not want to handle. Emptying traps and changing rodent contaminated insulation can make for a long day.
What about Sonic Repellents?
We're not saying that these never work, but we've been in a lot of rodent infested homes with one of these buzzing in the background.
Can I screen my roof?
The trouble with roof screening is that working on your roof is dangerous. Cedar shingles are slick. And even when you screen everything, if something comes loose the next day, you'd never know. We address the topic of roof screening by removing all rooftop access. Rodent Slick provides an easy way for homeowners to solve roof access problems on trees that overhang the roofline.
What can a rodent do?
Know the enemy. A rodent can:
- Tread water for two days
- Jump 3 feet in the air
- Climb rough vertical surfaces like a spider
- Chew through brick and lead pipe
- Follow scent trails of other rodents
- Squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel
Rats want food, water and a place to live. Given those things in abundance, they will flourish. Rodents spread serious disease to people through the fleas and lice that live on them, droppings, urine, and biting. A single pair of rats can produce over 10,000 descendants in one year.