Rodents are a threat to Pittsburgh homes throughout the year, but in the fall as the colder weather approaches, they become much more of a nuisance. There are many problems that rodents can cause in homes from contamination to structural damage. It’s important to focus on keeping them out as they try to push their way indoors this fall. If you suspect you have a rodent infestation, it’s best to leave their removal to the professionals.
Problems that Rodents Cause
The number-one problem rodents cause when they get inside your home is contamination. They have no boundaries and will scurry all over your countertops, in your drawers, through your pantry, and across your floors. As they do so, they leave a trail of urine and droppings wherever they go. Rodent droppings can cause illness to humans in the form of Salmonella and other intestinal bacteria.
Rodents are almost always looking for a food source, so the second biggest problem they cause is food contamination and waste. They can chew through food boxes and bags and will even gnaw on plastic containers. There is almost nothing that can keep a rodent out of your food which is why it’s best to keep them out of your Pittsburgh home.
Rodents also have an innate desire to gnaw. Because of this, they can chew through wires, wood, siding, or whatever they can get their teeth into. This means they can chew their way into your home and do a lot of damage once they are inside.
Factors that Allow Rodents to Get Inside
Rodents like a warm space that has plenty of food and water. In the fall, your Pittsburgh house is the perfect place for them to call home. Rodents such as mice can squeeze through spaces smaller than a nickel, while other rodents such as rats and squirrels can climb onto your roof and chew their way in under your eaves. Any holes where utility wires come in, spaces under or around doors, tears in screens, pipes, or chimneys provide access to rodents. Rodents are attracted to food sources so if you keep open trash, compost bins or gardens close to your home, you may be unknowingly inviting rodents to hang around.
Calling the Professionals
While putting out a mouse or rat trap to catch one stray pest may seem like the best solution, often where there is one rodent, there are more. Rodents reproduce quickly and are likely to nest and breed inside your home. One mouse can suddenly turn into an entire family. If you are dealing with squirrels or chipmunks in your walls or attic, you run the risk of getting bitten while trying to catch them yourself.
Call Witt Pest Management to help rid your Pittsburgh home of rodents today! Our expert technicians have years of experience in eliminating pest problems and will help you protect your home and keep your family safe.