How Rodents Get In
If you live in Richmond, VA, you may be aware of the different kinds of pests that can invade your home. One of the most common are rodents: that can include mice, rats, and even squirrels. These critters search for warmth and shelter, and they may target your property for these reasons.
They can enter your home or business through roof joints, holes in the roof, soffit vents, crawl space vents, and any other nook or cranny in the attic or at ground level. Though they may be fat in appearance, they can squeeze through holes as small as half an inch in diameter. Drainage pipes are also fair game for rodents to crawl through. They might also seek cover from the rain by hiding in woodpiles, garages, and tool sheds.
Mice and squirrels may not travel much once they're in your attic or basement, but rodents will get to work on burrowing into your kitchen and laundry area. This means structural damage. Rodents can damage your property in several other ways. They'll gnaw on wood structures and electrical wiring to wear down their incisors, which continually grow throughout their life. Damaged wiring can lead to power shortages and even fires. By invading your plumbing system, they may be able to cause water leaks.
When building nests - usually in attics, in wall cavities, and underneath porches - rodents will scavenge for soft materials like cardboard. If you have fiberglass insulation, rodents will tear at it for building materials. This will eventually result in higher energy bills.
With some pests, you have to watch out for the bite, but with rodents, that's the least of your worries. Rodents can attack when they're cornered, and they may also bite people in their sleep, but this isn't usually the way they pose a health risk.
Rodents carry transmit a variety of diseases, ranging from rat-bite fever to salmonella to leptospirosis (a bacterial infection that can lead to liver and kidney disease). They can also carry hantavirus without being affected themselves; this virus can cause several life-threatening conditions in humans, including a lung infection called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Fleas on rodents can also transmit plague.
Transmission of disease usually occurs through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva. If you perform a rudimentary inspection of your property, you might find pellet-like droppings on the floor or see urine stains that give off a horrid ammonia smell. If you do, you'll want to stop what you're doing and put on gloves and a mask. Even breathing in air that's contaminated with rodent excrement can be risky.
Call for an Inspection
Rodents can breed quickly, compounding your problem if you wait too long for an inspection. At Accel Pest and Termite Control, we know where to look for signs of rodents. We'll identify all possible entry points and ensure that they're sealed up. Once our team determines the extent of your rodent infestation, you'll get a free quote for rodent removal.
Rodents are leery of traps and baits, so we'll exterminate them using rodenticides, sanitizing the area after the job is done. Rodent invasions can be destructive, but with our rodent removal and exclusion, you'll feel comfortable again living in Richmond. Get in touch with Accel Pest and Termite Control today for more information!