Iowa's Ongoing Rodent Problem. Are You At Risk? (Infographic)
February 27, 2015
Throughout the year (especially the winter months), many homeowners all around Iowa encounter unwanted guests, such as mice and rats. Regardless of living in industrial or rural areas, your home is not exempt from this potential problem. With both rats and mice breeding year round and producing eight or more litters throughout the year, immediately taking care of the situation is key.
When it comes to mice, there are two specific types that tend to cause issues for homeowners: field mice and the house mouse. Field mice tend to be found in more rural homes whereas the house mouse is found more commonly in areas consisting of many buildings.The key difference between these two types of mice is that field mice search for homes in the early fall and winter whereas house mice enjoy cozy areas within the home such as behind appliances and behind walls throughout the year.
Signs: Small droppings that resemble the shape and size of grains.
There is one specific type of rat that tends to cause the most problems for homeowners: the norway/brown rat. The norway rat is most common in dense areas and can burrow up to 18 inches below ground.
Signs: The most common evidence of rats in your home is 1/2 - 3/4 inch droppings, presence of burrows, and holes in baseboards and door frames.
The most common problems that mice and rats create for homeowners consist of contamination of food due to urine and feces. Along with that, they could also damage electrical wiring throughout your home. It is crucial to find and eliminate food and shelter spaces. Here are possible suggestions to prevent this situation from happening in your home:
- Clean your kitchen with diluted bleach solutions to get rid of any scent trails that could be present. With that, make sure you store food in sealed glass, metal, or plastic containers.
- Try to avoid storing pet or human food outside. If it is kept in a basement or garage, make sure to place it in secure glass, plastic, or metal containers. When feeding animals, feed inside and clean up when done.
- Clear brush and debris within 18 inches of your home or building to prevent the opportunity for rodents to seek shelter below as well expose possible entry points.
- Rid your home of any indoor mouse nesting spaces, such as books, clothing, boxes, or bags.
Is your Health in Jeopardy?
When it comes to unwanted rodents entering your home, many are unaware of the possible diseases and infections that could come with rats and/or mice. Rodents can carry and spread over 35 diseases, especially during the colder months when they are looking to seek shelter, just like we are. There are opportunities to spread diseases directly and indirectly through ways such as:
- Infected urine or feces
- Hair and Dander
Along with the possibilities of spreading disease through direct and indirect contact, many of us can also see other health issues, such as:
- Rat bite fever
- Lyme disease
- Relapsing fever
- And many more diseases!
Don't Let Rodents Take Over Your Home!
As many of us are aware, rodents can be a threat to our health as well as affect our economic and physical well-being. Let Preferred Pest Control keep you and your loved ones safe by scheduling an appointment online today to make sure your home is protected throughout the year! For further insight or questions, don't hesitate to call us at (515) 276-7277!