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Rats: Pack Rats Can Cause Serious Damage

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Pack rats can be a huge threat to a home, and cause a lot of damage. In any case, a pack rat invasion needs to be taken seriously due to the potential problems that can occur. One problem from pack rats is from the feces they leave within a home. The problem is even more damaging if it happens in a wall or an attic, because over time the feces will deteriorate the insulation.

Another problem that pack rats can cause is wire damage within the walls. Pack rats love to chew at wires to keep their teeth sharp. Not only could it cost a lot of money to repair the wires, it potentially could cause a fire.

Also pack rats will go into cars and chew on the wires. This can be a huge problem for a couple of reasons. First, obviously is the damage pack rats can do to wires. If the car is frequently used wire damage can be extremely dangerous. If the car is not used often the pack rats can still cause just as much damage. For one, if the car just sits there, a pack rat will frequently chew on the wires. Or worse yet, pack rats will start to build a nest within the engine of the car. If pack rats move into your car, it could potentially cost thousands of dollars to repair.

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Here is a great example of what a car looks like once a pack rat has called it home. Do not let a pack rats nest over take your car!

If a pack rat does build a nest in your car it may be very challenging to completely remove or destroy. Having to take the nest out of the car could cause more problems to the car itself, and the nest needs to be broken down in the correct manner to ensure it is completely gone. As a homeowner it is imperative to make sure the pack rat nest is completely destroyed. If the nest is not destroyed completely or worse, just left there, it will just become another pack rats home later on. Other animals live in pack rats nests so even if you think you have killed all the pack rats, there is still a risk for other pests to come live in the nest. Other pests such as spiders, snakes, kissing bugs, and even small mice may move into a pack rat nest, even if a pack rat is living there. Also if the nest is just left on or in your home and never destroyed, at some point another pack rat will find it and take over. Therefore if a pack rat nest is not destroyed properly and in a timely manner the homeowner might end up back at square one with their pack rat problem.

Any and all of these potential problems pack rats can cause can have unfortunate outcomes. Whether its wire damage in a house that causes a fire, wire damages within a car engine that causes a crash, or wire damage within a car that causes an explosion, pack rats need to be handled by a professional exterminator as soon as you see any evidence of pack rats.

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Mouse: The Common House Mouse Can Cause Serious Problems

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

These rodents can cause a lot of damage to a home. The common house mouse constantly needs to keep its teeth sharp. In order to do so they are constantly gnawing on objects. The bad part is that the objects can be structural beams or wires. They can even chew all the way through wood, plastic and clothing. If the common house mouse can chew through wood they can cause an actual break in a beam, part of the roof/ceiling, a furniture leg, table legs or anything else made of wood in your house. The common house mouse also will gnaw on other objects they can’t chew all the way through, like pipes or any other metal or steel objects. These damages can be dangerous most especially when it is a structural piece. The common house mouse also gnaws on plastic and clothing items. While this might not seem as dangerous as gnawing on the beams that support your home, it actually is. When the common house mouse is in physical contact with clothing or any other item there is a chance it will spread any of the diseases it carries. When a human physically touches the item there is a risk of a disease being transmitted. This risk can be higher if the common house mouse had urinated on any of the items, as the common house mouse’s urine carries diseases as well.

Not only do the common house mice gnaw and chew on objects they will also burrow into things. They will make holes in anything such as a wall, furniture, and cupboards. Depending on where they burrow this can also cause a structural collapse of the home.

One more thing these rodents can damage is wires. Between the chewing and the gnawing, wires are a great treat for the common house mouse. The unfortunate outcome of the common house mouse chewing on wires is that it can cause electrical problems later down the road or even worse cause an electrical fire. This is just another one of the numerous reasons why homeowners should have professional pest control specialist out to their home.

Another thing that a common house mouse can contaminate is the insulation within the home. This is another dangerous impact of the common house mouse because if they are living in the walls and on the insulation they are also using it as a restroom. Common house mouse feces and urine can deteriorate the insulation. Also that is how most of the diseases the common house mouse carries get transmitted to humans. See the list of diseases the common house mouse carries on our blog.

An additional thing they can contaminate with their diseases is food. This can happen in a few different ways. The most popular is inside the home. The common house mouse will find a way to your pantry and cupboards and take what they can; and, while they are roaming around crawling on everything they are leaving traces of diseases. Also, if any fruit or anything non-perishable is left out in bowls on the counters or a table the common house mouse can crawl all over the fruit leaving waste; and if the fruit is not cleaned before consumption it can be a problem later on. The other way the common house mouse can contaminate food is outside. If you grow vegetables, fruit or have citrus trees those items are just another food supply for the common house mouse to contaminate. The worst is if you are an actual farmer and have food for other animals like hay, grains, or oats as those items are some of the common house mouse’s favorite foods. Even more frustrating to farmers is if the crops are contaminated they can no longer be sold, and you lose out on your paycheck.