When it is cold, rodents look to enter man-made structures. Rodents–known for their incisors that never stop growing–must chew to wear their teeth down. This natural propensity to gnaw allows them to chew their way through soft wood to gain access to wall voids, attic crawl spaces, and other areas in your home or garage.
Meadow Voles are skittish little creatures that are preyed upon by hawks, owls, foxes, cats, snakes and more. That is why this little rodent prefers to live inside human dwellings. If you get a meadow vole in your walls, and leave your food unprotected, it will chew its way into everything. You should strongly consider storing your pantry items, cereal, and pet food in hard plastic containers. If those little rodents can’t find food in your home, they will squeeze out the hole they came in, and scurry over to your neighbors house.
Roof rats prefer attic spaces and rafters. These large rodents feed on larger food products like dry dog food, meats, and cheeses. And their size makes them much more destructive in homes.
Deer Mice can be found in rural areas, barns, fence posts, tree hollows, log piles, and man-made structures. Like all rodents, deer mice are a danger in homes and spread disease. But of all rodents, this species of mouse is most responsible for the spread of Hantavirus, which can lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome–a lung disease that can be fatal.
All rodents chew wood and wires, which makes them a fire hazard, and damaging to homes. They are also known to carry dozens of diseases that pass on to humans, some of which are Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, lassa fever, leptospirosis, lymphocytic chorio-meningitis, salmonellosis, rat-bite-fever, plague, tularemia, and rabies. In and around homes rodents get into sewage pipes, dumpsters, trash, culvert systems, and other septic environments. In nature, they are exposed to parasites like lice, mites, ticks, and fleas.
If you live in Houston, get plugged into Holder’s Pest Solutions. You need a company with years of history and certified professionals to properly get rid of rodents. Rodents need to be safely removed, entry points need to be sealed, infected areas need to be cleaned, and you need a plan to make sure rodents don’t come back and reinfest your property. If you live outside the Houston area, you probably won’t be able to find a company like Holder’s–that offers a 125% refund if you aren’t happy with their service–but ask what kind of guarantee you’ll get from the pest control company you’re hiring. You need to know for sure that your rodent problem is gone. Don’t trust your family’s health to anything less.