Have you ever heard of the Pittsburgh Stealers? Now, before you pick up the phone to tell us that we've spelled the name wrong, take note that we are talking about a different kind of stealer. We're talking about the furry, scurrying, food-stealing, health-stealing kind of "stealer." We're talking about the rodent kind; mice and rats that take up residence inside your home or business for the winter and go about stealing crumbs from under your couch, insulation from your attic, and peace of mind from your very being.
What's the big deal about a few furry little critters?
Having mice and rats inside your home, any time of year is not a good idea. They come with all sorts of issues, from spreading illness to possibly causing a fire.
Rodents steal around the outside and inside of your home: When mice and rats forage in dumpsters, sewer systems, trash heaps and other filthy places, then come back into your home, they have the potential of spreading all sorts of disease-causing bacteria. They carry this bacteria on their fur and can deposit it everywhere they roam, including silverware drawers, food preparation surfaces, stoves, cabinets, furniture, rugs, and more. If you have rodents coming and going from your home, and your family is suffering with flu-like symptoms, or worse, you could be getting sick from rodent-borne bacteria.
Rodents can steal your health: Not only do rodents carry offal on their fur, but they also deposit urine and feces everywhere they go. And they can spread illnesses such as salmonellosis, leptospirosis, Lassa fever, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, hemorrhagic fever, tularemia, and more.
Rodents can steal your sanity: Most of the time, mice and rats do not come into your home alone. They carry passengers, parasites to be exact. Some parasites rodents may carry include, lice, mites, fleas and ticks, all of which come with their own set of problems. Having an infestation of these parasites can cause anyone to lose their mind a little.
Rodents can steal your stuff. Since mice and rats have ever-growing incisors, this means that they have ever-chewing habits. They will chew on everything from wood to plastic and from treasured keepsakes stored in your attic to electrical wires in your wall voids. Not only do rodents have the potential to destroy individual items in your home, they have the potential to destroy your entire home, if they chew on just the right wire.
Now, if you have rodents, and you are thinking you'll just tough it out until spring when they will leave and go back into the wild, think again. Rodents, if their basic needs are being met, will not go back to living outside in the wild. They may spend more time outside when the weather is nice, but that will just give them more opportunity to pick up filth and bring it back into your home.
If you are noticing the signs of rodents "stealing" around in your home, it is time to call for professional help. Don't let these little "Pittsburgh Stealers" steal your peace of mind. Reach out to Witt Pest Management to see if one of our year-round pest control plans is right for you.