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Rodents 101: Mice, Rats, Raccoons and Squirrels

While most people think of insects when it comes to pest control, rodents create just as many issues, if not more. Here in Tennessee and Northern Mississippi, we see our fair share of rodent infestations. While rodents may seem harmless outside of our homes, once they decide to move in they can cause a host of serious problems, including severe property damage and even health concerns.

No two pests are the same — they each present their own concerns. Here are some of the problems you might encounter with the most common rodents in the area.

Mice

Mice may look cute, but you don’t want them sharing your home. They can carry serious diseases like salmonellosis, listeria and hantavirus. They’ll also chew through wood, drywall, plastic pipes, and even electrical wiring and gas lines — presenting a real risk of house fires! Even one or two present a risk because they breed quickly and prolifically, so one or two will quickly multiply.

Rats

Rats will present similar problems as mice. They too breed prolifically, destroy your home by chewing and carry serious diseases including the plague! To make matters worse, rats often exhibit less fear and more aggression than mice, leading to the potential for rat bites and rat bite fever.

Raccoons

Watching raccoon videos online makes them look like cute bandits but make no mistake, these rodents have no place in your home. Raccoons can cause a lot of damage to your house, especially when they try to find a way in. They can destroy parts of your roof, siding, soffits and insulation. They almost always carry roundworm, so be wary of their waste and have their nests professionally cleaned after removal.

Squirrels

Squirrels may seem fun when bouncing around the yard, or maybe they’re just a slight nuisance when they raid the bird feeder. When they make their way into your home however, they become a real problem. Squirrels tend to stay near the roof and in attics, but will make nests using your insulation and love to chew up wiring, presenting a serious risk of fire.

What to Do for a Rodent Infestation

Many people want to try to catch or trap rodents themselves, but we advise against it. Doing so can expose you to diseases or the risk of bites. Instead, contact Proven Pest Management right away. Our friendly technicians will perform an inspection and help you remove these rodents as quickly as possible.

After a rodent infestation has been cleared, we recommend hiring a licensed contractor for a home wiring inspection. In the case of raccoons, you will also want to contact a cleaning company who can properly clean and sanitize any roundworm eggs left in the raccoon’s nest.

If you’re suffering from a rodent infestation, don’t ignore the problem. It will only get worse! Contact Proven Pest Managment today, and let us evict your unwanted houseguests.

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