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Rodent Rundown: Keeping These Dangerous Pests Away From Your Lake Worth Property

December 08, 2023 - Rodents

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Rodents are adaptable creatures that are ubiquitous in areas like Lake Worth. Rats and mice are the most common of the city-dwelling rodents because our homes provide them with convenient food and shelter. Unfortunately, they pose several challenges to homeowners, from the transmission of diseases to property damage. And being elusive and quick to reproduce, they can be notoriously challenging to control.

The Above and Beyond Pest Control experts will review the various species that might take over your property and the dangers they pose in this article. We will also discuss critical steps to eliminate these unwanted guests, from prevention strategies to professional and reliable rodent control in Lake Worth, FL.

Common Rodent Species: Identifying Different Types Of Rodents

Rats and mice are the two most common types of rodents you might encounter in your home.

First, let's look at rats. Norway or brown rats are large with stout bodies and relatively short tails. They tend to dwell in sewers and basements. They are known for their destructive burrowing habits.

Roof or black rats, on the other hand, are sleeker and smaller. They are excellent climbers. For this reason, they tend to take over attics and upper levels of buildings rather than basements.

As for mice, house and deer mice are the most common culprits. House mice are tiny and typically no more than seven inches, hairless tail included. They have a pointed snout and large ears. They are common indoor pests in homes and offices.

Deer mice are slightly larger. They are typically brown or gray with a white belly. They are known carriers of diseases like the hantavirus.

All these rodents can reproduce rapidly and are challenging to control once an infestation takes hold. Identifying them is crucial for effective pest management because of all the dangers they pose.

Rodent Dangers: Health Risks And Property Damage

Rodents pose significant health risks and can cause surprising property damage.

Both rats and mice can carry and transmit various diseases, including salmonella and rat-bite fever, through their urine, feces, and more. A single rodent can put you at risk if you handle contaminated food or surfaces.

Also, rodents are mammals. They shed items for nesting materials and leave droppings that can trigger allergic reactions and worsen asthma symptoms. And being opportunistic scavengers, they can take over your pantry and kitchen, spreading pathogens and causing foodborne illnesses.

To make matters worse, rats and mice have continuously growing teeth they keep trimmed by gnawing on electrical wiring, wood furniture, plastic pipes, and more. It can cause fire hazards and require expensive repairs. Their burrowing can also cause cracks and instability in your foundations and walls.

The best way to minimize these issues is through effective pest control measures, with rodent-proofing your home at the top of the list.

Rodent-Proof Your Property: Key Steps To Keep Unwanted Guests Away

Florida rodents are unwelcome but persistent and resourceful guests. The following steps can help keep them at bay:

  • Seal entry points: You might unknowingly let rodents in if you have unsealed gaps and cracks around your home. Close them to prevent rodents from entering, considering some are skilled climbers. Mesh screens and door sweeps can also block their entry.

  • Keep your home clean: Clean up all food crumbs and spills, and keep food containers closed tightly. Regularly disinfect your kitchen, pantry, and dining room. Use tightly sealed garbage bins and keep them away from the house. Regularly wash them to eliminate food odors that could attract rodents.

  • Maintain your yard: Overgrown vegetation and clutter provide rodents with hiding and nesting spots. Eliminate them whenever possible.

  • Eliminate standing water: Address water leaks and improper drainage promptly, as high humidity is a magnet for many invaders.

  • Store firewood properly: Keep firewood away from your home and above the ground, as wood piles are ideal rodent shelters.

Regular pest control services are the perfect complement for these prevention strategies. Read on to learn more about our options.

Professional Rodent Control: The Best Way To Keep Mice And Rats Away

Lake Worth has a diverse rodent population, with rats and mice being the most common. Unfortunately, they are skilled at invading properties in search of shelter and food sources, and they pose multiple problems, from health risks to property damage. The Above & Beyond Pest Control experts can help with rodent control solutions emphasizing prevention and treatment.

Our process begins with an inspection of your property so we can assess the situation. We will then offer prevention tips and apply traps and baits while removing nests and deceased rodents. You can then count on our exclusion services to eradicate existing populations and prevent future infestations for long-term rodent control. Request your free inspection to get started.

Above and Beyond Pest Control is the premier provider of Lake Worth rodent control services. Call us today to learn about our strategies and schedule an inspection.

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