Rodents are one of the most widespread pests, infesting approximately 21 million U.S. homes each winter. These potential intruders may be small in size, but they can pose big problems once inside. While most homeowners might be generally familiar with rats and mice, people usually don’t understand or realize the dangerous impacts they can have on our wellbeing and homes until it is too late.
Did you know....
....one female mouse can have 35 babies in a year?
....one mouse drops 255,000 fecal pellets in a year?
....rodents spread 35 diseases worldwide?
VIDEO: How Rodents Get Inside House
Rodents enter an estimated 21 million households each winter, but how do they get inside? These rodents use gaps and cracks, vents or even open doors to gain entry. Infestations are often a result of improper or lack of sealing potential entry points as well as interior and exterior sanitation. Once inside, they can become a threat to human health and property. Mouse droppings, which resemble small grains of rice, as well as rat droppings can contaminate food and surfaces. Rodents can also cause extensive damage to food and personal property and create potential fire hazards with their constant gnawing on building materials including support beams and electrical wires.
Mice and rats can transmit 200 pathogens and 35 diseases to humans and can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. They may be small in size, but they can cause big problems and spread dangerous diseases. With all the precautions we're currently taking to battle COVID-19 for our health, we should also be aware of how rodents can effect our health as well.
Without proper prevention, any home is susceptible to a rodent infestation. Knowing key things to do and look for, especially before winter, helps tremendously.
Here are some tips