Rodents are the most prolific order of mammals on the planet, accounting for around 40% of the entire mammal population. These resilient pests evolved over 65 million years ago and are adept at surviving due to their small size, rapid breeding cycle, and ability to subsist on a wide variety of foods.
Rodents In Your Home
The most common rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, and porcupines, but the mice and rats tend to be the most problematic within homes. Mice and rats are so closely associated with humanity that they are referred to as domestic rodents.
Like most animals, rodents are driven by the desire to fill their basic needs. Food, water, shelter, and warmth are what draw them into your home, but they can do a lot more than just eat your food.
Mice And Rats Pose A Serious Health Risk
The telltale sign of a rodent infestation is the presence of greasy scuff marks and hair along frequently traveled paths, droppings, and the smell of urine. The threat to sanitation is one of the most significant problems that rodent infestations bring. This waste can not only ruin your food supply but can also cause diseases like Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Other diseases transmitted by their droppings include Bubonic Plague, Salmonellosis, and Rat-Bite Fever. Numerous other diseases can be brought by the ectoparasites like fleas and ticks that take up residence on rodents’ bodies.
Rodents Are Extremely Destructive Invaders
They can damage your home as quickly as they can threaten your health. Rodents can gnaw through the coating on electrical wires causing shorts. They have been known to have caused house and building fires and are blamed for up 20% of fires with undetermined causes. To keep their teeth from growing excessively, they must continuously chew and gnaw. Household materials like cloth, paper, insulation, and cardboard are perfect for nest building. All parts of your home are prone to damage by these pests.
Mice And Rats Are Formidable Opponents
Dealing with rodent infestations is made difficult by several factors. The ability of these animals to squeeze through spaces as small as ¼ inch means that there are numerous entry points into your house. With shoulders that are no wider than their heads, they can squeeze through the tightest of spaces. Once inside your home, it is difficult to protect your food from them, as they can climb walls and chew through almost any material.
Rodents Multiply Quickly
Female rodents like mice can give birth to up to 15 babies in a single litter and have as many as ten litters per year. One female could generate 150 offspring in a single year, and female mice can begin reproducing within only six weeks of being born. It doesn’t take long for a rodent population to explode. With their expertise at nesting throughout your home and effortlessly passing barriers to food, they can be nearly impossible to eradicate on your own. If you find yourself dealing with a rodent infestation, contact the experts at Cache Pest Control. We have the experience and expertise to rid your home of these filthy invaders.