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The Ultimate Rodent-Prevention Guide For Austin Property Owners

November 13, 2020

There are many pests that affect property owners throughout the year. However, there is one type in particular that is especially troublesome. Today we are talking about rodents. More specifically, the mice and rats of the rodent family. 

a rodent going into a home

These two species of rodents are known to invade homes and cause problems for property owners. While they are similar at first glance, they are actually very different. The most significant differences are:

  • Mice: This rodent is traditionally grey in color and grows up to almost 4 inches long. A mouse has a rounded fur-covered body and possesses a long thin tail as well as large rounded ears.
  • Rats: Rats have a similar overall shape, but they have significantly larger jaws and smaller ears. Plus, their tails are thick and scaly. However, the most important difference is their size. Rats can grow up to 16 inches long and are usually brown or black in color.

Rats and mice rarely invade at the same time. When there is an abundance of food, it's more likely. However, they have very different nesting habits. Rats are extremely territorial when food is scarce to the point of killing mice. As such, they typically stay away from each other.

Walking Through The Dangers

All members of the rodent family are bad news for property owners. Mice and rats are no different in this regard. For starters, they both cause significant property damage when they invade. They scratch surfaces when they scamper about, but the most serious problem lies in their chewing. Their teeth never stop growing, which means they have to wear these teeth down so they don't become oversized. This leads to chewed wires, holes in walls, and other signs of property damage if the rodents are not eliminated quickly.

Besides property damage, rodent infestations can result in the spread of disease and illness thanks to the pathogens they carry as well as their traveling habits. Some of the most common illnesses tied to rodents are rat-bite fever, hantavirus, bubonic plague, salmonella, and tularemia.

While rodents can get people sick on their own, they also carry fleas and ticks which bring their own pathogens and problems. It has also been noted that the urine and droppings left behind by rodents have been known to make people sick. Ultimately, getting rodents out of the house can only be a good thing for everyone.

DIY Is A No-Go

Since the need to get rodents out is so urgent, it's not surprising that many home and business owners turn to DIY solutions to get the job done. However, DIY is not a viable option if you want to enjoy actual success with your rodent control efforts.
For starters, nearly all "effective" DIY solutions are meant for a one-on-one basis. As such, you can't hope to combat the sheer numbers rodents bring thanks to their reproductive habits. In addition to reproduction, both mice and rats are smart and sneaky. They know how to hide and they can tell when something isn't right. As such, a lot of traps go without actually being triggered leaving the rodents to continue to roam free.

Rodent Prevention With Bella Bugs

Rodents can be a problem for any property owner. They damage everything they come into contact with and they can cause people to become extremely sick. As such, putting protective measures in place is critical to ensuring a safe home. Our team at Bella Bugs works with you to ensure effective rodent control occurs so that existing problems are neutralized and future problems are prevented.

Are you in need of effective rodent control? Call or go online to schedule your free inspection and start benefitting from rodent control services provided by our team at Bella Bugs.

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