Rodent control can be an effective measure to keep a home free of pesky rodents. When done the right way, it is possible to both eliminate and prevent rodent infestations without causing harm to people, property, or the environment. The first step in rodent control is prevention. Start by eliminating food and water, reducing harborage opportunities, and sealing entry points. These steps will all contribute to a rodent-free home. Working with a Sarasota pest control company will provide the most effective results.
Types Of Rodents That Commonly Invade Sarasota Homes
The two most commonly seen types of rodents that invade Sarasota homes are house mice and roof rats. House mice are three to four inches long, gray-brown in color, with short fur and a long thin tail. House mice are very active and are a challenge to keep out of homes. Roof rats have black or brown fur with some white on their bellies. They have long, scaly tails and grow up to eight inches in length. Roof rats look for food sources outside the home. They are also very good climbers so they can often be found nesting in attics or high up in trees. They also breed quickly, and their population can become overwhelming if left unchecked. Contact a pest control expert at the first sign of one of these pests.
Rodents Can Make You Sick And Damage Property
All rodents are well-known for having an appetite for destruction. They have strong front teeth that can gnaw through almost any material, from wood to metal and even plastic. Not only do they damage property with their chewing, but they also spread disease and contaminate food sources with their droppings. Common rodents can spread several types of viruses, including:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory disease.
- Leptospirosis is another serious illness caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria.
- Salmonellosis is a food-borne illness caused by eating foods contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria.
- Rabies is a virus spread by animal bites and scratches.
If left unchecked, rodents can quickly become a major problem. Contact a local expert, like Westfall’s Lawn Care And Pest Control, before these rodents take up residence in your home.
Why Traps Won’t Get Rid Of The Entire Rodent Infestation
Although using traps is a popular method for getting rid of rodents, they won’t completely eliminate the rodent population. Trapping only catches one or two rodents at a time, while there could be many more living in the area. Additionally, these trapped rodents can quickly be replaced by new ones from surrounding areas. Traps also do not address any potential nesting sites or conditions that may be attracting rodents, so the problem can easily persist. Finally, traps need to be regularly monitored and baited in order for them to be effective. For these reasons, it is important to take a more comprehensive approach when dealing with rodent infestations.
The Most Effective Rodent Control For Sarasota Homes
Westfall’s Lawn Care and Pest Control is the go-to source for all of your rodent control needs. Our team of experienced technicians are dedicated to providing you with the best solutions available to keep all kinds of rodents away from your home. During our inspection process, we will identify any existing infestations, provide you with a detailed report of our findings, and offer recommendations for effective rodent control. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our rodent control services, please contact us today.
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