Have you ever owned a pet? Do you own one right now? What is one of the first things you need to train a pet to do? If you own a dog, you lay some newspapers on the floor. If you adopt a little kitty, you fill a box with kitty litter. The reason for these measures is obvious. When you have an animal living in your home, it will do its business on your floor if you don't train it to do it somewhere else. This is a problem on many levels. You probably already see where we're going with this, but hang tight. The connections we're going to make might just startle you.
The first, and most apparent, problem with wild animals coming into your home is that you have no control over them. They come and go as they please (quite literally). You have no ability to teach an uncaged mouse or rat to take care of their business outside, and you're definitely not going to get them to do it on a newspaper or in a litter box.
Where They Leave It
If those mice and rats came in and left their droppings and urine on the floor that would be one thing, but both of these creatures leave their waste products everywhere as they move about your home. Most often, you'll find droppings and urine stains in the backs of food cabinets, silverware drawers, and on pantry shelves.
What Is In It?
Leaving droppings and urine everywhere is bad enough, but the CDC and other organizations that study disease and pathogens, directly connect mice and rats to several illnesses that are transmitted through the contamination of feces and urine. They transmit diseases like: Hantavirus, Omsk hemorrhagic fever, leptospirosis, Lassa fever, meningitis, tularemia, and salmonellosis.
So, as you can see, it is not a good idea to have mice or rats taking care of business inside the walls of your home. It is also not good to have them chewing on wires, ripping up insulation, eating through sheetrock, spreading harmful bacteria from trash cans to cooking surfaces, and contaminating stored foods. Not to mention, as wild furry animals, they are likely to bring unwanted parasites in with them. Lice, mite, tick, and flea infestations can begin with a single invading rodent.
At McCall Service, we have the experience and education to seal your exterior walls and reduce the conditions that allow these creatures into your house. If you live in Northern Florida or in Georgia, give us a call. Mice and rats do not belong in your home. Put a defense plan in place, and let those rodents know they're not welcome.