Mice and rats have been a problem in Pittsburgh since the beginning because these are commensal creatures. If you're not familiar with the term commensal, it basically means they like to live with us and eat our food. If you search the definition it also states that a commensal creature is a species that benefits without "harming" the other. But sadly, this is where the term falls short.
Rodent infestations, if left unchecked, can lead to all sorts of unexpected expenses such as: home repairs, hotel costs, higher energy bills, and medical expenses. Here are just a few of the costly problems that hidden rodent infestations can cause:
Electrical damage. Rodents love to chew on insulation, wood, plastic, metal, and just about anything else, including wires. When mice, rats, or squirrels chew off the protective insulation on wires, bare wires can start an electrical fire.
Damage to building systems. Air conditioning units, duct work, or other critical building systems can all be overtaken by rodents. These creatures can gnaw their way through ducts and build nests inside air conditioning units possibly causing permanent damage. This also brings the issue of contaminated air inside the home or business which can cause illness to the people within.
Damage to structure. Rodents such as mice, rats, and squirrels all come equipped with incisors designed for gnawing. They chew constantly; first to get into homes or businesses, and then to chew on everything else in sight. They can do structural damage to roofs, attics, chimneys, crawlspaces, foundations, furniture, stored items, and more. Holes in walls and roofs can lead to other problems such as water damage.
Contamination. The germs that are present in rodent droppings, urine, and saliva easily contaminate cabinets, counters, and any other item or area the animal touches. And airborne germs are also a danger. Just the act of sweeping or cleaning rodent droppings can stir up disease pathogens that can cause illnesses such as salmonella, Hantavirus, and various bacterial diseases.
Bad odors. If left unchecked, rodents can cause unpleasant odors which can aggravate asthma, allergies, and can cause respiratory problems. Also, rodents sometimes die inside wall voids or other area which cannot be easily reached. This causes extreme odor.
If you have either of these two commensal creatures trying to eat from your table, it is time to take action. Though it is possible for mice and rats to cause little or no harm at first, it won't take long for their ability to breed rapidly and their dirty foraging habits to turn these rodents into a serious threat. Protect your home or business with rodent extraction and monitoring from Witt Pest Management.