The Dangers Rodents Bring To Your Dallas Home
December 15, 2020
Is there anything more threatening than a home invader? What about one that is fairly small, covered in hair, and prone to causing trouble? If you are confused, we are not talking about a human home invader – but rather, a rodent. In fact, it is safe to say that a rodent is more likely to invade your Dallas home than a human, and this is both good and bad. To help you understand some of the threats rodents pose to homeowners like you, here are a few facts about these pests you should consider.
Only Certain Rodents Invade Homes
There are more than a few species of rodents that live around Dallas. Fortunately, only a handful are known for invading homes. Here is what you should know about each.
Norway rats are the most common home-invading rat here in America. These larger rodents have dense bodies, shaggy brown or grey fur, and lighter colored underbellies. One thing that sets these pests apart from other area rodents is their ability to chew through sheet aluminum.
Roof rats are agile pests that often climb onto the roofs of homes. Often mistaken for mice, this thinner, dark brown to black pest has a lighter colored underbelly, a pointed nose, two large ears, and a scaly tail.
House mice are the most invasive species of rodents in the world. This pest has light brown to grey fur with a lighter-colored underbelly, a pointed nose, black or red eyes, and a long, thinly-haired tail.
Rodents Are Really Good At Invading Homes
Rodents have three things that make invading homes easy for them: their keen wits, sharp teeth, and agility. Using these three traits, rats and mice find creative ways to get into living areas, including chewing through walls, breaking in through exterior vents, and squeezing inside through cracks, gaps, or openings.
Many Dangers Come With A Rodent Infestation
Rodents are known for their filthy diets and lifestyle. More specifically, rodents have a habit of picking up bacteria, pathogens, and parasites when roaming in and around homes. These disease-causing organisms are then spread over countertops, in the backs of drawers, onto left out snacks, into stored food containers, and wherever else these pests travel. Some of the most common diseases you might contract from a rodent include salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and choriomeningitis.
If spreading diseases weren’t enough, rodents also carry fleas and ticks into homes, both of which spread their own list of dangerous diseases, including Lyme disease, the bubonic plague, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Five Ways To Prevent Rodents
Your goal when preventing rodents should be to make your home as inaccessible and unappealing as possible. To do this, try these five simple tips:
- Reduce the clutter in and around your home.
- Make sure to seal your home’s exterior properly.
- Address moisture problems.
- Keep your home as clean as possible.
- Store food inside airtight, rodent-proof containers.
One Amazing Tip To Help Get Rid Of Rodents Fast
If you do not have time to handle rodents on your own or are looking for a way to remove these pests from your Dallas home, let the experts at Brinker Animal Removal know. We will get one of our qualified pest technicians out your way ASAP with a guaranteed solution to handle your rodent problem quickly and effectively.