Why Leave Rodent Infestations in Albany County up to the Professionals at Thomas Pest Services
Mice and rats are considered by some to be commensal rodents. That is to say, they eat the crumbs that fall from our tables. But, in true commensalism, each creature derives benefits from the other without causing harm. This is not the case with rodents and humans. When rodents get into our Albany County homes and businesses, they can cause a lot of harm. Some of that harm comes in the form of health threats. Some harm comes in the form of property threats. These aren't just annoying pests that climb around in our walls and make bumping noises. That is why it is best to contact Thomas Pest Services do deal with rodents when they get in, or before they get in.
What Problems do Mice and Rats Cause
While a mouse can squeeze through a gap as small as a dime, they sometimes have to create a larger hole in order to get in. While a rat can squeeze through a hole as small as a quarter, they may have to use their strong teeth to make holes large enough to squeeze through or create a hole in a place that doesn't have a hole yet. A common location mice and rats target are the frames around doors and windows. All they have to do is chew a little hole to gain access to the void inside those frames. From there, it is an easy process to get into the much larger wall voids beyond. These holes created by rodents can let rainwater in and lead to water damage, wood rot, mold, and bug infestations.
- Rodents tear up insulation to make their nests. While a single mouse isn't going to cause too much damage, the damage will add up over time as more and more mice take up residence.
- Rodents get into wall voids and chew holes to go from those voids into food-storage areas. As they chew, they can sever live wires and cause a fire to spark. This can result in a complete loss of property and a potential loss of human life.
Rodents leave their droppings as they explore. They will also leave their droppings where they sleep. This makes them terrible houseguests. Their droppings can, directly and indirectly, contaminate foods, food packages, food-prep surfaces, dishes, and more.
- Rodents urinate constantly. Over time, and as more rodents populate a man-made structure, the smell of urine becomes more and more noticeable.
- Rodents prefer secluded locations such as attics, storage rooms, and basements. In these places, they can cause damage to personal items that have been placed in storage, items such as furniture, mattresses, clothing, photos, and more. This happens more often than you might think. Rodents are prone to chewing their way into furniture or boxes to make a nest.
- Before a rodent gets into your home, it will travel around outside where it is sure to pick up ticks, fleas, lice, mites, and other parasites. The worst of these are ticks which choose small animals during their larval stage and then hop off to find a larger host in its next stage. An individual mouse can have as many as 100 tick larvae on it. We could go on and on but you get the point. Rodents can cause many issues when they get in. The potential for illness and property damage is quite significant. This is more than enough reason to seek assistance from the rodent control professionals here at Thomas Pest Services, but it isn't the only reason. There is one more you should seriously consider.
Rodent Control is Hard
There are many ways DIY rodent control can fall short. You can set the wrong traps out. You can put them in the wrong locations. You can orient them the wrong way. You can apply the wrong bait. But, the worst part is that you can catch a rodent and think you solved your problem, only to have one or several of the issues listed above continue to plague you.
Don't take risks with rodents. Reach out to Thomas Pest Services and get industry-leading rodent control today. It is important that we all protect our property from rodents and safeguard our health from all of the many threats rodents can pose.