Why It Is So Hard To Get Rodents Out Of Phoenix Homes?
February 8, 2021
Some pets want to be around people, and some seem to not care about their owner's existence. Rodents are the latter. If you have ever owned a rat, mouse, or hamster, you know what we are talking about. These small whiskered animals do not bond with humans as well as a dog might and will run away in a second when let out of their cage. It is also good to note that when not kept in cages, rodents are extremely problematic pests. What makes things worse is that once they have free-run of a home, they are extremely difficult to get out.
Here is why it is so hard to get rodents out of Phoenix homes and what you need to know to handle these pests.
How Rodents Get Into Homes
The majority of rodents that cause trouble inside Phoenix homes are going to be wild and not store-bought. Some common ways these pests find their way indoors include through gaps and cracks in a home's foundation, through damaged window or door screens, under raised and or improperly sealed doors, through open doors or windows, or through damaged areas around a home's exterior. Older homes are typically more susceptible to rodent problems as it takes time for damage to occur and natural entry points to present themselves.
The Dangers Of Rodents
Not all rodents carry diseases, but enough do for it to be a legitimate concern. If one of these pests is infected and walking around your living areas, they are likely to spread disease-causing organisms over surfaces, left out food, and around storage areas. Rodents also regularly carry fleas and ticks indoors. These smaller blood-feeding insects and arachnids spread their own list of diseases to both humans and pets.
Where Rodents Hide Around Homes
Your wall voids are designed to insulate your home to keep outside temperatures out and inside temperatures in. They also work great to protect rodents looking for safe places to hide. When these pests invade living areas, they gravitate to secluded spots where you can't easily find them, such as within wall and ceiling voids, inside storage areas, and in other hidden locations around the home.
How To Keep Rodents Out
Before we talk about how difficult rodents are to get out of a home, here are some practical ways to stop these pests from coming indoors in the first place:
- Fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home's exterior foundation using steel wool and caulk.
- Repair damage to window and door screens.
- Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
- Keep your living areas clean.
- Make sure to seal your trash cans tightly.
- Declutter your storage areas.
- Address moisture issues around your home.
Why Rodents Are Tough To Eliminate
Rodents are difficult to get out of homes for three reasons:
- They are nocturnal and only come out at night, making them hard to identify, and trying to determine how many there is challenging.
- They are intelligent. It is not uncommon for rats and mice to adapt to avoid traps, learn how to set them off without getting injured, and navigate homes in the best way to avoid danger.
- They are prolific breeders. If your home has a rodent infestation, cross your fingers that there isn't a male and a female. If there is, your small infestation could grow to be huge in just under a year, exponentially increasing as time goes on.
To handle a rodent infestation around your Phoenix property, do not hesitate to get the experts at Overson Pest Control involved. Our team has the advanced control solutions needed to handle these pests and are standing by waiting to get your home the protection it needs.