When it comes to life’s challenges, it is always better and easier to use preventative measures than it is to try and clean up the mess. This applies to every aspect of life, from your health to your safety, to even your lifestyle. Take your safety, for instance. How many systems do you have in place to protect you from burglaries, break-ins, fires, and even carbon monoxide leaks? We have alarms and systems meant to protect and ward off danger, and, in the event of a crisis, we have even more systems and alarms that will warm us of the danger and contact the authorities.
Homes are huge investments, but they are also sanctuaries, which is why we do so much towards protecting them. When your home is broken in to, it’s not only your door that has been damaged, but it is also your peace of mind. We go through so much effort to prevent this from happening, that often times we forget that home invasions don’t always involve burglaries are dangerous men breaking down our door. Sometimes, invasions can be much stealthier. Sometimes, the invasion in question could be from a pest.
Pest infestations can damage your home, your peace of mind, and even your health in certain situations. They should never be underestimated and should always be dealt with aggressively.
Why Do Pests Enter Your Home?
Your home looks just as inviting to a rodent as it does to you, and for a similar reason. Your home provides protection from the elements, is often warm during the winter months, and is even cooler during summertime. Your home is as perfect for them as it is for you, especially if they gain access to your pantry. Combined, they have all the food they need and protection that they need to thrive. This is how one or two rodents can breed into a huge issue, and why you must always be aggressive when banishing them from your home.
The Reason Rodent Infestations Are a Big Concern
Rodents are not often seen, but the traces they leave behind could cause health issues. On the lower end of the hazard scale is the fact that rodent urine dries very quickly, and they tend to walk through it. This means that if a rodent were to get up onto your counters, their urine could be transferred all across your eating surfaces. Both this urine and their droppings could cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks in adults and children, though the greater threat to your family’s health exists in the fact that rodents are disease carriers.
To put this into perspective, the Bubonic Plague that wiped out nearly half the entire European population (and a staggering 25 – 200 million people throughout history) was transferred from rats. This death toll is huge, and it is not the only time rodents have been linked to the spread of a disease. Salmonellosis, Listeria, and Hantavirus are all famous examples of rodents carrying and transferring diseases, and though a rodent infestation in your home does not automatically mean your family is infected with a deadly disease, there is that potential. Rodents, after all, can and will contaminate every surface that they touch, allowing the diseases and parasites to spread to your family.
Then, of course, there are concerns of the structural integrity of your home. Rodents chew through all types of materials in order to build their nests, meaning that they can chew through your support beams, insulation, and even electrical wiring. If they do chew through your wiring, you might experience power outages or even a fire.
Signs of a Rodent Infestation in Your Home
Thankfully, rodents are not nearly as undetectable as other kinds of pests, like termites, even though they are nocturnal. What this means is that though you might not see them face to face, you will likely see evidence that they leave behind. Examples of this evidence include:
- Rodent nests, which you might find when cleaning underused areas of your home, like your attic or garage.
- Gnaw marks on your belongings, from books to food packaging, to furniture, toys, boxes, and more. These marks will be small, which means they will be hard to mistake for any household pet like a cat or a dog.
- Rodent droppings, which will likely be found in your closet or cabinets, though can be discovered anywhere in your home.
- Various debris that has been scattered around your home.
- Noises within your walls, particularly at night when rodents are active. These noises will often sound like soft scratching.
If you do experience any of these common signs, it’s wise to hire pest control Sacramento services immediately. They will inspect your home and, if you do indeed have a rodent infestation, they will be able to quickly and effectively rid your home of the problem. This is important for the structure of your home and your family’s health, and the longer you wait, the greater the dangers become.
How to Prevent Rodents from Entering Your Home
When it comes to rodent infestations, the best situation you can be in is to prevent them from ever happening in the first place. Using these methods, you can better avoid the problem of a rodent infestation entirely. Here’s how:
Inspect and Seal the Entry Points of Your Home
Rodents are fairly nimble creatures, meaning that they run, jump and climb long distances. It is for this reason that the bottom floor of your home is not the only entry point available to them. Cover vents, check for gaps or holes within your exterior wall or eaves, and try to close all potential entry points. Pay particular attention to areas you wouldn’t think to look, like your roof. They might not be able to jump that high, but they can definitely climb.
Use Your Landscaping to Your Advantage
Long grass provides rodents with the cover that they need to enter your home safely. By keeping your lawn maintained, you reduce the chance rodents will step onto your property, as the risk of being eaten by a predator is too great. Similarly, bushes and trees also provide the necessary leverage that rodents need to get to higher entry points on your home, so try to keep your hedges trimmed and your home sealed.
De-Clutter Your Home
De-cluttering is great for your mental wellbeing and for the design of your home. As it turns out, it is also a great preventative measure to dissuade rodents from infesting your home. Rodents do, after all, hate open spaces. They are not safe there, nor can they create the necessary nest to make a home in. By keeping your home clean and clutter-free, you can reduce a rodent’s opportunity to make a home inside your house.
Keep Garbage and Food Containers Sealed
From open or uneaten pet food to leftovers on the table, to even unsealed garbage containers – all of these are very attractive to rodents, who would love access to a consistent food source. By ensuring that all of these items are sealed, you reduce temptation and therefore reduce the chances of rodents entering and infesting your home.
When it comes to life, taking preventative measures is the way to go. This applies to your personal safety and to your home’s safety. Ensure that it is sealed tight and that both your home and your lawn are clean and manicured, so that you can reduce the chances of an infestation occurring in the first place. If it is already too late and you see the signs of an infestation in your home, call for an inspection immediately. It is best to deal with the problem head-on, rather than fight a long battle by yourself.