Our beautiful city of Pittsburgh is thick with tall trees and gorgeous woodland areas. And while this provides us with some amazing scenery, it also welcomes some unwanted pests, most notably, rodents.
Even though these furry critters love the plentiful wood and hiding spaces our Pittsburgh landscape provides, they also see your warm and comfortable home as prime real estate.
Rodent infestation can cause significant health problems and property damage if left untreated. So let’s get familiar with these furry invaders and all the problems rodents bring to your Pittsburgh home.
Common Home-Invading Rodents
While Pittsburgh is filled with all types of rodents, not all of them are comfortable seeking shelter inside your home. House mice, deer mice, roof rats, and Norway rats are the most likely culprit of your rodent problem. They all vary slightly in size, shape, and behavior.
Common House Mouse: The common house mouse gets its name from its habit of making its way into your home. They’re often used as pets due to their fairly tame nature, but if they make their way into your walls or attic uninvited, they’ll reproduce very quickly and become difficult to get rid of. These critters spread bacteria and infectious diseases to foods, shelves, cabinets, or wherever they travel.
Deer Mouse: This species of mouse prefers to make its home outside in trees and hollowed logs, but if the deer mouse makes its way into your home, it can cause serious health issues. Deer mouse feces can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a potentially respiratory disease. Like most other species of rodent, the Deer Mouse is also known for chewing through wood, wiring, and other vital parts of your home.
Roof Rats: As their name implies, roof rats are partial to high places and typically enter your home through openings in and around your roof. As is the case with most rodents, these crafty critters are an immediate threat due to their ability to spread harmful bacteria and chew through the wiring in your home and appliances.
Norway Rats: Norway rats are ground rodents that make their way into your home through low pathways. If you have Norway rats in your home, there will usually be holes in the ground close to your home’s exterior. While this species of rat prefers to live underground, it’s not uncommon for them to make their way into your house, especially if there’s an abundance of food (even dry dog food) easily available for them to access.
Despite your rodent problem, they all get inside through small gaps and holes around windows, rooflines, eaves, or any cracks in your home’s exterior. Once they’re inside, they typically set up camp in your walls, attic, or basement.
Health Hazards Caused By Rodents
The most concerning issue rodents cause is their ability to carry and spread infectious diseases. Whether through their feces, in their fur, or through their bite, several potentially fatal diseases have been linked directly to rodents.
A few of the most common are:
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
How To Deal With A Rodent Infestation
While there are dozens of DIY solutions floating around online, the best way to eliminate or prevent rodents is to call a professional.
At Witt Pest Control, we have the experience and tools needed to implement safe, effective, and long-term rodent control services. A licensed technician will thoroughly inspect the exterior of your home, locating potential entry points for rodents. We will then seal each of these entry points safely and efficiently using the best tools in the industry. We then use a combination of discreet tools and devices to remove any existing rodents from your home.
If necessary, we’ll schedule multiple return visits to make sure every single rodent is gone from your home.
If you're interested in recurring pest control services, our monthly pest control service is an affordable and effective way to give rodents and other pests a regular reminder that they’re not welcome inside your Pittsburgh home.
Contact us today to schedule your service or ask us any questions you may have about our industry-leading pest control service.