Of all the pests to come across in your Savannah home, rodents are some of the largest and hairiest. In fact, because of their size, many people think they are easy to keep out. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. What’s worse is, once they get inside, they can spread all sorts of diseases. As such, you need to know what your options are should rodents infest your Savannah home.

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Identifying Common Area Rodents

While there are many species of rodents throughout the world, two that you are likely to encounter here in Savannah are rats and mice. Rats, the larger of the two, can grow to be up to a foot long, if not longer, especially if you include their tails. They are typically black, brown, or gray in color. Mice, on the other hand, only grow to be a few inches at most. Mice are usually dust gray or brown and often have cream-colored bellies. Additionally, while rats’ ears and tails are devoid of fur, mice’s ears and tails are covered in a felt-like fur. Both rats and mice have large front incisors that grow continuously throughout their lives. Because of this, they will constantly be chewing on objects so that their teeth do not overgrow. Finally, you will most likely only have one or the other infesting your home, they seldom both invade the same property.

Dangers Posed By Rodent Infestations

There are several reasons you do not want rodents in your home. First, rodents carry all sorts of diseases. Not only that, but they can contaminate the surfaces and the food in your home with their feces, urine, and saliva. Diseases that rodents spread include hantavirus, leptospirosis, LCM, plague, salmonellosis, tularemia, and rat-bite fever.
 
In addition to spreading disease, rodents can also introduce other pests such as fleas, mites, and ticks into your home. If a rodent, carrying any of these parasites, gets into your home, they can spread them throughout which only makes your pest problems worse.
 
Finally, given their need to constantly be chewing, rodents can cause all sorts of damage inside a home. They chew on wiring, PVC piping, drywall, and just about anything else they can fit their mouths around.

Why Rodents Are So Hard To Keep Out & Get Rid Of 

Despite their larger size, rodents are capable of fitting through very small cracks and holes. Not only does this make it difficult to keep them out of a home, but it also makes it hard to contain an infestation once they get inside.
 
When people are faced with a rodent infestation, they often turn to traditional traps as a means of eradicating it. However, traditional traps are not all that effective when it comes to eliminating entire infestations. While you may be able to catch a few rodents with traps, rodents are prolific breeders which means their infestations are pretty much constantly growing. As such, traps don’t make much of a difference to the infestation as a whole. Moreover, rodents will actively avoid traps, and are nimble enough to remove the bait without setting off the mechanism. As such, you need to know what your best option is should rodents infest your home.

Your #1 Solution For Effective Rodent Control 

If you do find yourself dealing with a rodent infestation inside of your home, don’t panic. The trained pest professionals here at Pestmaster® Services are here to help you with all your rodent control needs. Not only will we effectively eliminate any rodent infestation that you are dealing with, but we will also work with you to better secure your home from future infestations. Don’t put your family at risk by letting rodents spread their diseases throughout your home. Give us a call today.

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