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Why Rodents Invade Collegeville Homes And How To Keep Them Out

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Rodents can survive outdoors but typically prefer indoor structures as extra protection from predators. Unfortunately, rodents tend to make themselves at home in your home, which is a problem in many ways. Thankfully, years of studying pests and their habits have provided new insight into removing them safely and ensuring they never return. Terra offers pest control in Collegeville with solutions to rodent control problems and ways to deter them from your home.

The Strong Bond Between Rodents And Humans

Rodents and humans have long existed together on opposite ends of the spectrum. As a growing population, humans provide rodents with sources of food, water, and shelter. Rodents are natural scavengers that crawl through their waste in dumpsters and sewers. Afterward, they look for shelter in nearby residences or businesses with accessible points that lead inside. Rodents don't provide humans with the same level of relief, though, and a population of them in your home can affect your health. The types of rodents you're likely to come across include house mice, Norway rats, and deer mice.

Since rodents are nocturnal, they typically come out at dusk to search for food. Spotting them during the day is possible but unlikely. Instead, pay close attention to your home for signs of a rodent infestation. You'll notice droppings, gnaw marks, grease stains, musty odors, and damaged goods. Contact a licensed pest management specialist at the first clue of rodents in your Collegeville home for inspection and removal. 

Rodents Damage Property And Spread Disease

Rodents are notorious for costing home and business owners outrageous amounts of money in damages caused by their chewing alone. Rodents have a condition that promotes growth in their front incisors, and they use aggressive chewing to file down their teeth and chew through plastic, cardboard, paper, and wood. Rodents also pose a fire hazard to your home if they happen to chew any wires that short-circuit later.

As dwellers of sewers, dumpsters, and junkyards, rodents pose a nasty risk to you once inside your home. Rodents are known carriers of parasites and illnesses that can affect your quality of life.

Common diseases associated with rodents are:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Hantavirus
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Typhus

Rodent waste can harm a child's respiratory system once the dust has circulated through the air, and children can develop allergies and asthma from exposure. Don't hesitate to contact a certified Collegeville rodent control pest specialist for additional advice and support.

How To Identify And Remove Factors That Attract Rodents

Rodent infestations in Collegeville begin small, with only one or two aware of the benefits you unknowingly provide to them. There are plenty of areas around a home that draw attention from these unwanted pests.

The usual factors for rodent activity are:

  • Standing water
  • Pet waste and food
  • Accessible food
  • Open garbage containers
  • Bird feeders
  • Unharvested gardens

You can make quick, easy changes to your property to help deter rodents by removing sources of food and water from around your home. You'll also want to remove clutter in storage areas and store cardboard boxes off the ground. Norway rats look for shelter under piles of wood, so store firewood off the ground and away from your home to keep rodents out.

The Key To Total Rodent Control For Collegeville Homes

Rodent control in Collegeville doesn't have to be a solitary endeavor. Once you recognize the signs that rodents have infiltrated your home, the first thing to do is contact Terra for one of our highly trained specialists to inspect your property for confirmation. Once an infestation is confirmed, we'll work with your needs to create a plan that works for you. Contact us today to receive a free estimate and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Collegeville.

Our certified pest experts will work with you to find the best solution for your needs. Simply fill out this form for a free, no-obligation estimate.