Of all the home-invading pests you’re likely to encounter in your Spokane home, few are larger or more dangerous than rodents. Rodents—such as rats and mice—enter homes in search of shelter or because there is easy access to food and water. Once inside, rodents are capable of spreading all sorts of diseases and can cause property damage as well. That’s why you need to know what your options are should you spot a rodent in your Spokane home. The health and wellbeing of your family could depend on it.
Identifying Common Area Rodents
While there are many species of rodents in the world, the ones that you will most likely encounter in your Spokane home are rats and mice. While they differ in shape, size, and color, depending on their species, both rats and mice have large front incisors that grow constantly throughout their lives. As a result of this, they must constantly be chewing on objects or else their teeth will grow too long.
Common species of rats that you could encounter include roof rats and Norway rats. They can grow up to a foot long and are usually brown, gray, or black in color. They have long tails and small ears, neither of which are covered in fur.
Common species of mice that you might encounter include field mice and house mice. Mice are much smaller than rats, generally only growing to be a couple of inches long at most. Mice tend to have light brown or gray fur and often have cream-colored feet and bellies. Mice, comparative to rats, have short tails and larger ears, both covered in feltlike fur.
The Dangers Posed By Rodent Infestations
If rodents gain access to your home, there is no shortage of issues that can occur. First, rodents are known carriers of a variety of harmful diseases such as hantavirus, tularemia, rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis. Additionally, rodents can contaminate food and countertops with various disease-causing pathogens.
Rodents are also known carriers of parasitic pests such as mites, fleas, and ticks. If a rodent carrying these pests enters your home, they can introduce these new pests which will only make your problems worse.
In addition to spreading diseases and other pests, rodents can also cause property damage. As previously mentioned, rodents must constantly be chewing on objects to prevent their teeth from overgrowing. As such, they can damage drywall, wiring, or even furniture if they decide to chew on it.
The Difficulty In Removing Rodent Infestations
The unfortunate truth is that once rodents enter a home, they aren’t so easy to get rid of. That’s because rodents are prolific breeders and an infestation can grow exponentially. Additionally, rodents are capable of fitting into the smallest of cracks and holes which makes isolating them a challenge in and of itself. And rodents are smart and cunning animals. As such, traditional rodent-prevention methods such as traps aren’t all that effective when it comes to eliminating whole infestations. That’s why you need to know what you should do should rodents invade your home.
The Best Method For Total Rodent Control
The best method for total rodent control is partnering with the trained pest professionals here at Alta Pest Control. Our certified pest technicians come fully equipped with the experience and the tools required to effectively eliminate any rodent infestation with which you are dealing, all while having as little impact on the environment as possible. Our technicians will work with you to protect your home from future infestations. Don’t let rodents run rampant in your house. Call Alta Pest Control now.