- Rodents are responsible for the contamination and destruction of 1/3 of the world’s food supply.
- They are also carriers of many diseases and are estimated to be the cause of approximately 25% of “undetermined” structure fires.
- Additionally, rodent control has been credited as one of the top 3 reasons that the average life expectancy has increased throughout the years.
What threats can mice or rats pose to me or my home?
Both mice and rats are public health pests and are known to harbor and transmit many diseases, such as Murine Typhus, Leptospirosis, Rickettsialpox, Rat Bite Fever, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, Salmonella and Plague have all been associated with rodents. These are spread by their contamination of surfaces with their feces, urine and even in some rare cases, bites. In addition to the health risks associated with rodents, their gnawing can pose a risk to homes. Rodents gnaw to wear down their teeth throughout their lives. This gnawing has even led to wires being chewed starting fires.
How to get rid of mice or rats?
Reducing low lying plants and overgrown grass reduces pest pressures. Wood piles and debris may also provide harborage. Wood piles should be moved away from the home. Piles of debris should be discarded. Birds feeding at bird feeder often spill seed which attracts rodents. Switching to block style bird seeds or removing feeders will reduce rodent food sources. Standing water around homes should be eliminated, especially with rats as they require it to drink daily. Sealing of gaps and installation of effective door sweeps will further reduce the likelihood of pest entry. In recent university studies ultrasonic devices have been shown to be ineffective in repelling pests including rodents.