Mischievous Mice In Alabama

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Your home is comfortable. It provides you with a place to store your food (and keep it cold), a warm bed to sleep in after a long day, and many other amenities that make life nicer. What your home also provides is a safe haven for pests. One pest that loves living inside homes here in Alabama is the mouse. These invasive furballs are just one of a few problematic rodents that live in our area. To help you better understand rodents and the problems they cause inside Alabama homes, here are some things to consider today.

What Are The Types Of Property-Invading Rodents in Alabama?

There are more than a few kinds of rodents that live here in Alabama. Thankfully, most are not considered home-invading pests. Keeping this in mind, the three types of rodents you should be most worried about invading your Alabama home are house mice, Norway rats, and roof rats. House mice are the smallest and are able to fit through gaps and holes the size of a nickel. Norway rats are the largest and are capable of chewing through materials like aluminum and soft concrete. Finally, roof rats are the most agile and, like squirrels, regularly climb up trees, telephone poles, and onto the roofs of homes. 

How Dangerous Is It To Have Rodents On My Property?

Rodents are among the most dangerous pests around the world. They played a huge role in the spread of the bubonic plague because of the way they carry and provide blood meals for fleas. Today these pests still carry disease-causing pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Rodents also transmit diseases with their fecal droppings, urine, and bites. Some of the most common diseases you might contract from wild rodents or the pests they carry are salmonellosis, hantavirus, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and murine typhus.

All The Factors That Attract Rodents

Both little rodents and big rodents are attracted to area homes by the same three factors, food, moisture, and shelter. Some things rodents like to eat inside and around area homes include pet food, dropped berries, fruit, and produce, discarded scraps, crumbs, and other food messes, food left out on countertops and tables, and pantry items. To find moisture, rodents look for sources of water-build up in and around homes. They might also chew into utility piping or sip from leaky faucets and fixtures. Finally, rodents find shelter in cluttered rooms and areas of your home that you do not usually frequent like storage areas, basements, and attics. If rodents are able to, they will build their nests and hide inside wall and ceiling voids. If these pests have taken residence inside your wall and ceiling voids, you may get a chance to hear them scurrying around late at night.

How To Safely Get Rid Of Rodents And Keep Them Away

If you are having trouble with wild rodents in or around your Alabama home, you should consider hiring the pest control professionals at Havard Pest Control. We understand how scary rodents are and offer fast and effective removal services to get these pests out of your home. If you are unsure if you have a rodent problem, we also offer detailed inspections. This process will help us identify if there are any little rodents crawling around inside your wall voids or hiding in places you cannot see. 

Give our team a call today to find out more about Havard Pest Control’s comprehensive service options and ask us how we can make sure wild rodents do not become house rodents in your Alabama home.