Why You Should Call The Pros About Rodents In Your Streator Home

Brown mouse looking at a jar of mixed nuts inside a pantry.

Did you know that around 40% of all mammal species are rodents? That is a pretty shocking statistic, but it illustrates just how widespread and numerous rodents are throughout the globe. And, while most rodents aren’t a huge problem for homeowners, mice and rats are two of the most common home-invading pests in Streator.

Mouse and rat behavior has adapted over the centuries while they’ve lived with humans to help them survive. Because of this, they often rely on people for shelter and easy access to food. It’s likely that you’ll get an infestation of either mice or rats at some point, (but it is rare to have an infestation of both at the same time).

While mice and rats look similar, and they do similar kinds of damage, they are distinct, Mice are a grey-brown color with cream-colored underbellies and long, thin tails while rats in this area are dark brown or black with small ears and thicker tails. They both have the need to constantly gnaw on things in order to keep their front incisors from growing too large, but the worst thing about mice and rats is that they pose many health risks.

Just How Dangerous Are Rodents?

Mice and rats might be small, but they are filled with pathogens and diseases. They can spread illnesses including hantavirus and salmonella, and their droppings can lead to respiratory issues. Plus, a rodent's fur, urine, and feces can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Rats and mice also carry parasites such as mites, ticks, and fleas.

Since mice and rats are so dangerous to have around, knowing some signs of rodent an infestation can help you identify the problem faster. Some of the most common signs that you have a rodent problem are:

  • Small, rod-shaped droppings, especially near walls

  • The sound of scurrying or squeaking coming from walls

  • A musty odor that wasn’t there before

  • Bite marks around walls and baseboards

Why Is It A Bad Idea To Get Rid Of Rodents By Yourself?

While you might try to remove a rodent infestation using DIY methods, there are a couple of reasons why this isn’t advisable. For one thing, most do-it-yourself methods just don’t work very well. Mice and rats are great at hiding and fast at reproducing, so controlling their numbers using things like traps rarely works. While you might get rid of a few individuals, it’s highly unlikely you’ll remove the entire infestation.

Second, some DIY methods can be dangerous especially products like bait. Children and pets could mistake the bait for a treat and ingest it. This can be very serious as this bait contains poison to kill rodents.

What’s The Best Way To Get Rid Of Rodents?

While getting rid of rodents on your own can be dangerous and is usually ineffective, the professionals at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators can handle rodent infestations and keep them from coming back. Our rodent control services keep you, your family, and your pets safe with the products we use and the strategies we employ. You can trust our great prices and reliable services. Discover more, or book an appointment, by giving us a call today.

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