What Damage Can Rodents Cause to Your House?
When rodents take up living quarters in your house, whether under the kitchen sink, inside a wall or in a back corner of the basement, they can cause a great deal of damage. It’s essential to understand what these pests can do in your home and how to control them to address a potential rodent infestation quickly.
What Do Rodents Do to Houses?
Rodents such as rats or mice can get into your home through a variety of means. They can slip through holes as small as a half-an-inch wide, including utility line holes, joists, roof eaves or other small openings.
Once they get into your home, rodents can quickly take over spaces inside. They mature within a few months and rapidly reproduce, which means that their population can expand exponentially.
As they scavenge for food and find materials to build nests, rats and mice can leave a trail of damage. They chew through soft materials in your home to create nests, eat food that they can access from pantries and leave contaminated matter behind.
Common Damage Caused by Rodents
Rodents’ activities in your home can harm your residence’s structure and you and your family’s health, which is why you need the proper treatment to remove them as soon as possible. Some of the destruction they can cause includes:
1. Electrical Issues
Mice or rats can indirectly cause fires because they often nibble through whatever they come across, including electrical wires. If they chew through the insulation and leave the cables bare inside your home’s walls, it can create a severe fire hazard.
2. Food Loss and Contamination
Rodents can contaminate large quantities of your food, from items in your kitchen to bags of pet food. While they typically eat only a small amount at a time, they can contaminate several times the amount of food they consume by carrying germs and leaving behind droppings or saliva.
3. Disease Risks
The damage caused by rats and mice includes both what they do and what they leave behind. Their droppings, urine and saliva can ruin surfaces and cause diseases in humans, including salmonella and hantavirus.
4. Structural Damage
If a hole isn’t quite big enough for rats or mice to get through, they may chew it to create a larger hole in a joist, eave or wall in your home. Also, they often chew up insulation and other materials that can compromise your home’s structural quality.
Prevent Rodent Infestation Damage With Effective Pest Control Solutions
If you’re concerned about a potential rodent infestation in your home, Senate Termite and Pest Control can help. Since 1991, we’ve been protecting Maryland and Virginia homes from pest invasions, and our experts can control pests in your home quickly and effectively.
For more information on how we can help protect your home from rodents, fill out our online contact form or call us at 1-833-387-8006.