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When you hear the word "rodent," what comes to mind? Do you think of a dirty sewer rat lurking in the shadows of a subway station? Maybe the word conjures up images of a mouse nest in your shed, full of squirming baby mice. Or perhaps you think of squirrels getting onto your roof and disappearing into a hole in your eaves. What do you think of when you think of the word "rodent"? Would these creatures something you enjoy living with, in or around your Pittsburgh home? If you are like most sane people, your answer is, no.

Why is it a bad idea to have rodents living with, or near, you?

Besides the fact that rodents are just plain creepy to most people, there are a bunch of reasons why they are hazardous to have around.

Rodents bring parasites and disease:

Since mice, rats, squirrels, and other rodents are foraging animals, they typically visit places such as sewers, garbage dumps, trash cans, and any other place they can find scraps of food. This means they pick up all sorts of filth and bacteria that can cause sickness and disease. A few diseases rodents are known to spread are hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and tularemia. And they also carry harmful parasites such as lice, fleas, mites and ticks. These parasites can carry other diseases; fleas can carry plague, and ticks are a known spreader of Lyme disease.

Rodents can cause damage to your home:

Rodents in a home will not only keep you awake at night and leave their droppings and urine everywhere they go, they can actually cause a house fire. Rodents have teeth that never stop growing and, because of this, they chew continually. They will chew on anything--insulation, wood beams, treasured items stored in your attic…and wires. If a rodent chews on the right wire (or perhaps the wrong one) it can cause sparks can fly, and you will lose more than just a few treasured items.

How can you get rid of rodents in your home?

While there are a number of steps you can take to keep rodents out of your home, getting all of them out once they have taken up residence is a bit more difficult. To keep these nasty critters out, you can seal up holes in your foundation and walls, keep your yard uncluttered, and remove food sources inside your home, among other things. But do-it-yourself methods of getting rid of a current infestation is better left to the professionals. While traps and baits and other methods of rodent control can have some success, and you may think your rodent problem is gone, often these animals just go into hiding for awhile and emerge again at a later time.

Here at Witt Pest Management, we are backed by over 100 years of experience, and are trusted by over 3,000 satisfied homeowners. If you need help getting rid of a rodent infestation (or would like to keep from getting one) don't hesitate to reach out to us.

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