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Are you aware of all the ways a small mouse or fat rat can impact your health and property? If not, you're in for an eye-opener. Today, we're going to talk about some of the many ways mice and rats can cause harm. But, more importantly, we're going to tell you how professional rodent control works to protect your health and property from the threat these small animals can present.

Worst-Case Scenario

Are you aware that a tiny mouse can completely destroy your home and everything inside? This might sound like an exaggeration, but consider these facts. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is quoted as saying, "Fire departments responded to 46,500 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2010. These fires resulted in 420 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage." These types of fires can be caused by rodents because they chew on wiring and gas lines in structures. Experts estimate that rodents are responsible for 20 to 25 percent of fires that are ignited from unknown sources. All it takes is one little mouse chewing on the wrong thing. And believe us when we tell you, mice chew on lots of things.

Rodents Chew

One of the characteristics of a rodent is that it has ever-growing incisors that must be filed down. Rodents file their incisors by chewing on things.

Some of the many things rodents chew on:

  • Window and door frames

  • The rubber weather seal around exterior doors

  • Door sweeps

  • Door and window screens

  • Sole plates (also called sills) above the foundation wall

  • Baseboards

  • Sheetrock

  • Foam and fiberglass insulation

  • Stored boxes

  • Stored furniture

  • Store belongings

  • Food packages

Rodent Waste

When rodents get into your Pittsburg home, they won't be polite enough to use your bathroom. They'll leave their feces sprinkled about in your attic spaces and inside your wall voids. They'll leave feces in areas they explore, such as the cabinet under your kitchen sink, the back of your silverware drawer, the floor of your pantry, your food shelves, and more.

Rodent droppings are only half the problem. Mice and rats also urinate everywhere. They use their urine to mark their territories. As a population of mice or rats grows in your home (and it is likely to be only one or the other), the smell of urine will increase.

Droppings and urine can contaminate stored items, such as a couch that is being stored in your attic. They can also be a source of contamination for food packages in your kitchen and pantry.


Mice and rats don't come into your home alone. They bring microscopic organisms and ectoparasites with them. These microscopic hitchhikers can be introduced to food and food surfaces. As an example, harmful bacteria can be picked up from a trash can and brought to the cutting board on your counter. The not-so-microscopic hitchhikers rodents bring in, such as ticks and fleas, can be spread around your home and cause a secondary infestation, and these ectoparasites are capable of spreading harmful diseases themselves, diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Murine typhus, and more.

Professional Rodent Control

In light of the many ways rodents can harm your property and health, it is best to have a licensed pest professional handle rodent control. At Witt Pest Management, we perform thorough inspections, seal entry points with the best tools available, apply a combination of products and devices, and follow up as many times as necessary to arrest your infestation. If you have questions about our services or you'd like to schedule a visit, reach out to us. We look forward to assisting you with this essential protection for your health and property.

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