What Rodents Are Looking For In Your Boston Home


What Rodents Are Looking For In Your Boston Home

If you're cold, they're cold. No need to bring them inside, though—they'll find their own way in. The humble house mouse may seem harmless to some, even adorable. They're about 4 inches long and covered in grey, brown, or black fur, but beneath their fuzzy exterior festers a disgusting breadth of diseases and destructive behaviors. As one of the most common domestic pests, the house mouse is a well-documented threat to your health and even the structural integrity of your home. As such, it's of utmost importance that you keep vigilant for any signs of their presence, and set out to treat the problem immediately if they are found. Of course, it's ideal to prevent such signs from ever cropping up. Toward that end, here's some useful information on the pests to help you prevent their unwanted entry into your Boston home. Most of the time, it's merely a matter of making sure that you're not inadvertently giving the rodents what they want.

Infestations: Why And How They Happen

The main reason why house mice invade homes is simple- they cannot distinguish a suitable shelter in the wild from a human home, except for the fact that the house is much warmer and holds an apparently endless supply of food. Naturally, their survival instincts lead them to steal into the far more lavish environment of your home. House mice accomplish this infiltration through a combination of their size, their aptitude for climbing and burrowing, and their need to gnaw on hard materials. Being able to squeeze through openings as small in diameter as a dime allows them to enter through almost any crack in the exterior of your home, and they are often able to gnaw such openings for themselves. A mouse can chew through wood, plastic, rubber, and many other common construction materials, making them quite difficult to keep out. Once they're in, they can quickly multiply and make nests inside your walls where they'll prove difficult to catch.

The Dangers Of An Infestation

Wild mice are not the same as the fuzzy little friends for sale at the pet store. The house mice looking to infest your home are themselves infested with all manner of diseases and parasites, and they're not potty-trained. Furthermore, their need to gnaw will eventually ruin your walls and electrical wires, which can lead to serious structural damage and fire hazards. What's worse is that where there's one, there are usually many more. Here's a short list of some things you're contending with when you share space with these unruly rodents:

  • Salmonella
  • Allergies & asthma
  • Fleas, ticks, and mites
  • Feces droppings
  • Gnaw marks
  • Structural damage
  • Fire hazards

Tips For Rodent Prevention

In order to prevent any potential hazard to you and your family's personal health and safety, you should start with these proven steps:

  • Keep your property clean.
  • Practice proper food and garbage storage.
  • Seal up potential entry points.

Although traps and poisons can be a tempting option they will, unfortunately, prove unreliable at best and dangerous at worst. Applied improperly, they can pose a health risk to family and pets. Even if a trap is successfully sprung, a few dead mice doesn't necessarily mean the end of a rodent infestation. Most store-bought solutions simply won't be enough to handle a whole colony.

The Tried And True Solution

Ultimately, the safest and most effective means of rodent control will always be to contact the professionals for guidance. The experts at Urbanex can provide your home or business comprehensive coverage tailored to your personal needs. We won't rest until you're completely secure and satisfied, so call today for our state-of-the-art treatment plan.

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