Rodents are one of the most common pests homeowners face during the winter months. The changing weather conditions make homes attractive to these pests, and many people don’t know how to keep them from getting inside. 

In this article, we’ll examine some of the basic principles of rodent control in Albany. We’ll start by discussing how you can spot the signs of a rodent problem before they get too far out of hand. Then, we’ll look at the many health risks these pests often cause. After that, we’ll go over some practical tips that should help you prevent rodents from making a mess of your home. 

Finally, we’ll talk about the benefits of working with our team at Absolute Pest Control, as well as the services we offer. We can help you get rid of rodents quickly and safely, and we’re committed to making sure our customers live happy, healthy, pest-free lives.

Signs Of Rodent Activity: How To Detect A Problem Early 

The first aspect of rodent control we’ll examine is how to identify a potential rodent invasion. 

Rodents are typically creatures of habit, often leaving signs indicating their presence and activity. One of the most common indicators of rodents nearby is finding rodent droppings. These droppings may have rounded or pointed ends, depending on the species of rodent in question. Other common signs include gnaw marks, generally found on interior walls or in areas that rodents have tried to access. Rodents have oily fur, so they will often leave rub marks on walls as they travel. Pathways that have been used many times may become distinct, with footprints, rub marks, droppings, and other signs visible along them. Rodents will often use the same pathways over and over again. You may find damaged food goods or packaging; some rodents give off unpleasant odors when gathered in larger numbers. 

Let’s briefly examine the differences between the two most common types of rodents found in homes. Mice are typically the smaller of the two types, usually not measuring longer than 7 or 8 inches, while rats often reach 16 to 18 inches. Mice have small, round bodies with large ears, eyes, and a pointed snout. Rats usually have larger, heavier bodies with smaller ears and eyes and a blunt snout.

In the next section, we’ll learn a bit more about the risks these pests bring with them when they invade your home.

Health Risks Of Rodent Invasions: Protecting Your Family And Pets 

When dealing with rodents, it’s important you understand the health concerns that these pests can cause. Both mice and rats spread disease. Some of these diseases include salmonellosis, typhus, trichinosis, hantavirus, the bubonic plague, jaundice, rat-bite fever, and cowpox virus.

A rodent infestation can also lead to other health issues, such as allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and food poisoning. Rodents often serve as hosts for other pests, such as fleas, ticks, lice, and mites. 

Next, let’s take a quick look at what you can do to keep your home from being infested by rodents.

Rodent Exclusion Tips: Safeguard Your Property From Infestations 

When dealing with rodents, it’s best to have preventative measures in place before they become an issue. Being prepared before an infestation happens will give you an advantage when trying to get rid of these persistent pests. Here are a few things that you can do to keep rodents out of your home: 

  • Store food in tightly sealed containers

  • Don’t leave food out overnight

  • Take out the trash frequently

  • Seal any cracks or openings in the exterior of your home

  • Reduce excess moisture in attics, basements, and crawl spaces 

By following these rodent prevention tips, you can protect yourself and your family from rodents. If you need help with a rodent problem in your Albany home, don’t hesitate to contact Absolute Pest Control.

Professional Rodent Exclusion Services: Experience You Can Count On 

Since 1985, Absolute Pest Control has been helping Albany residents with their pest problems. Our family-owned company is dedicated to getting the job done right the first time. We’ll thoroughly examine your home and determine the extent of the issue before working with you to form a pest exclusion plan that works with your schedule and fits your unique needs. 

If you need rodent extermination services for your Albany home, contact Absolute Pest Control today.

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