The Problems With Rodents Invading Your Santa Clarita Home
Some people have them as pets, but most of us scream at the sight of a rodent running across our floor or cringe when we find rodent droppings in your cabinets. Though you do everything you can to keep your home tidy and free of clutter, you likely will experience a rodent problem at one time or another.
Rodents are a broad category of pests. They come in various shapes and sizes. However, only a few rodents are likely to invade your Santa Clarita home. There are two basic categories of invading rodents: mice and rats. Mice and rats share many characteristics. Much of the disease, damage, and behaviors associated with rats are also associated with mice. Rats can measure over a foot long, depending on the species. Their tails are markedly long in proportion to their bodies.
Mice, on the other hand, only grow to be as long as about 4 inches. Their ears are disproportionately large compared to their heads. The snout and tail of a mouse are noticeably smaller than those of a rat.
Damage Caused By Rodents
Despite their small size, a rodent infestation can cause surprising structural damage to your home. Rodents can tear apart various materials to create nests, such as paper, cotton, and other soft materials. This includes insulation. Rodents burrow through insulation, using the soft material for nests. A rat can damage electrical appliances by gnawing on wires. In short, rodents can damage just about anything. Larger infestations can even cause structural damage due to a large number of rodents in between walls and ceilings.
Diseases Spread By Rodents
Rodents can spread diseases to humans. Overall, rodents spread over 35 different diseases. They transmit diseases primarily through bite wounds, infesting food, or through droppings. They can also transmit diseases indirectly. Often ticks and fleas will transmit disease by carrying pathogens from a rodent to a human host. According to the CDC, the following diseases are transmitted by rodents:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
What Attracts Rodents To My Santa Clarita Home?
To prevent the spread of disease via rodents, you must first know what attracts rodents to your home. Rodents view your home as a source of food and water. Initially, they may be attracted to a home with mountains of garbage. They also find refuge in tall grass or unkempt bushes. Once they infest your garbage or your garden, invading your home naturally follows.
Rodents invade your home through small openings, such as cracks, crevices, and holes. They easily scurry their way through any small opening. After they’ve successfully entered your home, they make themselves comfortable.
Messy homes invite more rodents, as rodents can hide beneath the squalor. They also seem to naturally gravitate toward dirt and grime. However, it is worth noting that rodents can make themselves comfortable in many different environments. All they need is a place to hide and a large number of miscellaneous materials to form their nests. In other words, after rodents set up camp in your home, it can be challenging to excommunicate them from your home.
If You Live In Santa Clarita, Give CVA Exterminators A Call!
If rodents have infested your home, we encourage you to call us, the pros, at CVA Exterminators. CVA provides quality service with a high degree of customer satisfaction. Rodents are a broad category of invading pests. From species of mice to rats, these pests cause tremendous grief to the homes they infest. Don’t let rodents burden you anymore. Let us handle your rodent infestation. Give CVA Exterminators a call!