Without the proper preventive measures put in place, there is always a chance that you have unwanted pests enjoying and destroying the comforts of your home. Rodents invade properties in search of food, warmth, and dry shelter. Once an entry point has been located, mice and rats will silently chew, multiply, defecate, and contaminate their way through your home. Mice and rats are stealthy creatures that can go undetected for months. Their presence is often discovered long after these sneaky pests have made themselves at home.
Where there is one rodent, there will always be more. The help of an experienced professional is the safest precaution you can take to protect your Ontario home from unwanted rodents.
When it comes to rodent infestations, you will have mice or rats, but rarely both. Rats are known to chase, hunt, kill, and eat mice. Mice are more likely to invade homes, and they are more difficult to control than rats.
The most prevalent rodents in Ontario are common house mice, deer mice, Norway rats, and roof rats. Aptly named, the common house mouse prefers to live indoors, making them the most likely suspect in a home invasion.
It is always helpful to know if you are dealing with mice or rats, and how to determine what species it may be.
The common house mouse will infest every nook and void with great ease. They are typically dusty grey in color with cream bellies, but their fur can have a variation of light brown to dark grey. Their bodies are round, muzzles pointed, and they have large ears, with an average size of five inches long nose to tail.
The deer mouse prefers to live outdoors under stones or inside hollowed logs. They are typically brown in color with white bellies, but their fur may also be black or grey. Their ears are big and their dark tails are light on the underside, with an average size of seven inches long nose to tail.
The Norway rat prefers to dig burrows in your yard and uses low pathways to gain access into your home. They are mostly reddish-brown in color on top and pale white on their bellies. Their fur is coarse, noses blunt, ears bald, and eyes are close-set, with an average size of sixteen inches nose to tail.
The roof rat prefers to live in high places but will invade a structure through vulnerable rooflines, eaves, and soffits. They are black in color, with smooth fur, pointed muzzles, and smaller bodies than the Norway rat. Their ears are large with very little hair, and they average eighteen inches in length from nose to tail.
The Dangers And Signs Of A Rodent Problem
There are many risks associated with rodents in your Ontario home. Mice and rats spread diseases, and they can generate significant damage in a very short period of time.
Rodents spend their time in highly unsanitary environments such as dumpsters, sewers, and other filthy locations. They pick up deadly bacteria and trail it throughout your home, along with the excrement they leave behind. This leads to the contamination of food, food prep surfaces, and dishware.
Infected rodents shed live virus in saliva, feces, and urine. They are known carriers of serious diseases, including tularemia, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and hantavirus. They also carry ticks, fleas, and parasites. Secondary infestations from the pests rodents carry open up a whole new list of threats.
Mice and rats cause hazardous structural and electrical damage with their constant gnawing. Rodents will chew through wood, walls, stored items, plastic, sheetrock, aluminum siding, and wiring. If left to their own devices, they will wreak havoc on your belongings and your home.
These nasty critters will leave some helpful traces to help you decide whether or not you have a growing rodent infestation on your hands:
- Search for nests and nesting materials around your home. Mice nest near food and water sources and they will leave their droppings in the area. Rats nest in low traffic and low light areas in crawl spaces and clutter.
- Look for droppings in cupboards, drawers, and any areas where there is clutter around your home. Mouse droppings are roughly ¼ of an inch with pointed ends. Rat droppings are roughly ¾ of an inch with blunt ends.
- Examine stored food items, kitchen, and pantry areas for gnaw marks or entry points a rodent may have used or created.
- Listen for scratching and clawing sounds from your ceilings and wall voids in the later hours of the evening when they are most active.
If any of the above signs have been detected, it is time to hire an experienced rodent control technician for your Ontario home. Even if you don’t think you have rodents, the best decision you can make is to prevent a problem before it starts is to enlist the help of a pest control professional.
The Downside Of DIY Rodent Removal
Many homeowners will attempt to eliminate rodents on their own. This often proves to be ineffective, leading to a waste of time and money. Meanwhile, the infestation continues to grow and contaminate their home.
Not only is it next to impossible to DIY rodent removal, homeowners put themselves at risk when cleaning up rodent urine and feces without the proper precautions. Disturbing their waste can cause harmful pathogens and diseases to become airborne, infecting anyone who breathes in the dust particles.
This is only one of many complications when it comes to removing rodents from your home on your own. There are many other factors to consider:
- Figuring out how they are getting in. Rodents don’t need much space to gain access to your home. An adolescent mouse fits through holes the width of a pencil, and a mature mouse the size of a dime. Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter.
- Locating all of the gaps and cracks rodents may use to get in. They can chew through anything and go wherever they please, making them difficult to find.
- Rodents move fast and multiply quickly.
- Mice notice new things added to their environment and will easily raise suspicion when they notice any changes. Traps help reduce numbers, but you can’t eradicate the entire population with them.
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