What could possibly be worse than opening the silverware drawer, reaching for a spoon, and finding those tiny tell-tale pellets that let you know that you are no longer alone in your home? The threat of rodent infestation is not a matter to take lightly. As in any city, our hometown seems to have more than our fair share of vermin living in alleyways, homes, and businesses. Rodents, like most creatures, are always on the lookout for new digs where they have easy access to food, water, and shelter. Though there are other kinds, mice and Norway rats are two of the biggest offenders throughout Pittsburgh.
Both rats and mice can be bad news for your home or business should they decide to make it their home. It is well documented that they carry with them a number of diseases that can be detrimental to your family. According to the CDC, through ticks, fleas, and the waste or saliva of the animals themselves, they can harbor over 35 diseases including Lyme, Salmonella, Hantavirus, Typhus, as well as the plague.
It isn’t enough that these pests carry disease; they also can cause an extraordinary amount of damage to a building. Mice and rats chew. Those razor sharp teeth chew their way through drywall, cereal boxes, bread bags, plastic containers, insulation, wiring, and anything else that might be in the way of their next meal or nest. These guys are frequently responsible for fires all over the country. It is safe to say, it is imperative to keep these rodents out of your home and away from your businesses.
So what can you do? The best defense is always a good offense. You can do quite a bit to help keep your home or business less appealing to vermin. First, clean up your yard or alleyway. Don’t leave trash uncovered and make sure it is picked up regularly. Keep any piles of debris away from your home or garage. Keep grass, bushes, and trees trimmed back away from your home to prevent hiding spots and easy access to your roof line or foundation. Make sure that all screens around your windows are in good repair and doors are properly sealed. Pay attention to your foundation for any way that they might find and exploit as an entry point. Be sure to check the attic area as well. Broken vents, window jams, and chimney caps are a doorway that you do not want to leave open.
Spend some time on the interior of your home as well. A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen, my mother used to say. I am not sure she knew just how right she was. Keeping your kitchen swept, counters wiped, dishes done, and food put away will help make your home less attractive to household pests. You will also want to make sure that any clutter in your home is disposed of and anywhere that you might have moisture around pipes is repaired.
The fact is you still might find yourself with an infestation. Don’t face it alone. Rodents breed quicker than the average homeowner can trap them. Call us at Witt Pest Management. Since 1908 we have been working with homes and businesses across Pittsburgh to get rid of rodent infestations and keep them out. Keep your family safe by calling us today, we will take care of the rest.