Whether it’s for your home or business, having effective rodent control is essential for your health, safety, and the integrity of your products and your property. Most people are well aware that rodents carry disease, but they may not be aware of some of the other problems that rodents can cause and how difficult they are to get rid of once they establish themselves.
Pest control in Denver can get rid of rodents and protect your property from invasive pests all year-round, but in the meantime, learning about pests can help you prevent them. To learn more about the types of rodents invading Denver properties, the damage they can cause, and how to prevent and get rid of them, keep reading.
Common Types Of Home-Invading Rodents In Denver
The same types of rodents tend to be a problem in both homes and businesses. While house mice and rats are most common, some other backyard rodents that invade homes and businesses can be equally, if not more, problematic.
As expected, house rodents are most commonly house mice, and either Norway rats or roof rats. While Norway rats are more adept swimmers and may inhabit basements and lower levels, roof rats are better climbers and often inhabit attics over lower levels.
On the other hand, while they can inhabit any area of the house, house mice are most likely to be close to food sources. They can hide in wall voids, inside cabinets, but anywhere that’s especially cluttered like an attic makes a great hiding place.
As far as backyard rodents go, the most common invaders are squirrels. In cold weather, squirrels look for suitable nesting environments. If they can infiltrate an attic, they will hunker down among your insulation and storage to wait out the winter. Without information about how dangerous squirrels can be in a domestic setting, they may seem cute or entertaining. However, squirrels can be even more dangerous than domestic rodents.
The Damage & Dangers Rodents Are Known To Cause
The most obvious and important danger of domestic rodents comes from the diseases and disease-vectors they carry into your home. House mice and rats can transmit leptospirosis, plague, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and tularemia. Squirrels can transmit tularemia, typhus, plague, and ringworm. Among these, the more dangerous diseases resulting from rodent infestations are actually transmitted through the fleas and ticks rodents carry on their backs.
In addition to these significant dangers, rodents can also cause property damage, including lost or torn insulation, chewed timbers, stained and unsanitary surfaces, chewed wires, as well as damaged brick, pipes, and other exposed surfaces. If these rodents are living in your attic with your poorly-protected cardboard boxes, they can also destroy documents, fabrics, and other stored items as they nest.
Five Environmentally Friendly Rodent Prevention Tips
Pest control doesn’t have to be chemicals and poison. The best form of pest control, and the most environmentally friendly, is prevention. To keep rodents out of your home using natural methods, try these tips:
- Use strong-smelling essential oils around potential entry sites around the home’s exterior. Peppermint, citronella, eucalyptus, and lemon are all recommended scents.
- Seal cracks, crevices, and holes larger than a dime with silicone-based caulk and steel wool.
- Store your food in glass or metal containers.
- Cover both indoor and outdoor trashcans. Sanitize and seal your outdoor trash, being sure to store it away from the home.
- Declutter often. If you have to store things in your attic or basement, use sealable plastic bins in place of cardboard boxes.
Simply making your home less habitable by cutting off food and water sources is a great way to prevent having to call pest control in the first place.
The Most Effective Way To Keep Rodents Away From Denver Properties
Keeping a well-maintained, decluttered property is a great way to deter the most dangerous pests. However, the best way to ensure a rodent-free property is with Absolute Pest Control. After a thorough inspection, our professionals will treat the interior and exterior of your home to stop pests before they get inside and to deal with any active problems.
With our residential pest control treatments, you have the Absolute Pest Control guarantee. If you see pests between regularly scheduled visits, we’ll come back and treat the problem for free. For ongoing protection and to get rid of rodents, call Absolute Pest Control today.
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