How Much Do You Really Know About Rodent Dangers In Asheville?
January 15, 2021 - Rodents
There are a few certainties in life, such as cars will always run out of gas, humans need water to survive, and rodents, when left unsupervised, will always cause trouble. Many different rodents live here in Asheville; most are problematic in one way or another. The question is, how much do you really know about rodents here in Asheville? If you don't know much, we are here to help.
Common Home Invading Rodents
There are over 1,500 species of rodents that live around the world, but only a handful call Asheville their home. A few common outdoor rodents in our area are squirrels, groundhogs, and American beavers. We say outdoor rodents because these three creatures prefer living outside. It is rodents like rats and mice that prefer living indoors with people. Here is what you need to know about each of these pests.
Mice are well known for being the world's most common rodent home-invaders. Why are they the most common? For one, they can squeeze through holes the size of a nickel. Mice are also capable of chewing holes through walls, ceilings, and other materials that are between them and the safe interior of your house. Identify a mouse by its one and a half to four-inch long, round body, dusty grey color, large ears, red or black eyes, and pointed snout.
Rats are much bigger than mice and reproduce slower; this makes them less common but doesn't make them any less problematic. Unlike mice that can only chew through wood, vinyl, plastic, and rubber, rats can also gnaw through aluminum, cinder blocks, and glass. Identify a rat inside your home by its long body, wide hind section, small ears, black eyes, long scaly tail, and blunt snout.
Problems Rats And Mice Cause
Rodents are blessed and cursed with teeth that never stop growing. To keep the length of these teeth down, rats and mice will chew constantly. Most often, their targets for chewing will be anything in between where they are and somewhere they want to be. Inside walls, rodents will chew through electrical wires and utility pipes; they'll also tear up insulation. In rare cases, fires can occur due to severed electrical wires lighting a nearby flammable substance such as a rodent nest.
In addition to being destructive, rodents are also dangerous. As rodents crawl around in dirty areas and consume rotting and bacteria-ridden food, they pick up a range of dangerous disease-causing organisms. Rodents spread these organisms around homes and threaten homeowners with sicknesses like salmonellosis, hantavirus, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis.
Finally, rodents carry parasitic pests like fleas and ticks into homes. These smaller blood-feeding pests carry their own list of disease-causing organisms and are especially threatening to indoor pets that do not have the proper protection.
The Safest, Most Effective Way To Handle Rodents
There are two ways to handle rodents. You either prevent them from getting into your house, or you have them removed every time they invade. We believe proactive prevention will always beat out reactive treatments. If your home is currently under attack by rodents, or you are looking for a long term solution to keep these pests out, Noble Pest Solutions is here to help. Using industry-leading equipment and advanced pest control strategies, our team will quickly remove rodents from your property and put in place measures to ensure they stay out in the future.
Give our team a call or reach out to one of our service representatives through our website today for more information about our rodent control or schedule a pest inspection for your Asheville property.