Why Rodents Are Still A Problem for Port St. Lucie Residents
June 21, 2018
Summer rodent infestations are a big problem in Port St. Lucie. The warm, and often wet, climate gives rodents all they need to not only survive but to thrive. People in colder climates often face rodent problems in the winter as the rodents find their way inside warm buildings to live and nest for the winter. In Southern Florida, however, rodents are looking for the exact opposite: a place to cool off and find shelter away from the hot sun, as well as find food and water; attics, garages, and basements are the perfect places for these pests to live.
Damages that Rodents Cause
Rodents are notorious gnawers; they will chew through just about anything. From siding to wires, plastic storage tubs to insulation, they can quickly destroy your home as they try to make it their own. Not only is this damaging to the structure of your home, but the gnawing also leaves holes and openings that can allow other pests to gain entry to your home; this could result in other pests running rampant in your home, causing even more problems than you were dealing with before!
Other Problems from Rodents
As if rodents gnawing and tearing up your home wasn’t bad enough, many rodents also carry dangerous diseases that can be spread to you and your family. Rodent droppings can contaminate your food if rodents gain access to your pantry or kitchen cabinets; these feces, as well as their urine, can spread salmonella and hantavirus to humans that come in contact with it. If rodents get into your ductwork, their hair and droppings can cause allergies reactions and respiratory issues for people who are susceptible to asthma attacks.
Preventing Rodent Infestations
During the South Florida summer, the best thing you can do is be sure your home is sealed up tight. Make sure there are no holes in screens. Make sure garage doors are shut and have weather stripping on the bottom as well. Quickly repair any cracks or holes found in the foundation or siding of the house. Make sure that outdoor trash cans are kept closed with a tight-fitting lid; also, keep trash cans far away from your house, if you can. Don’t leave pet food outside in dishes, as rodents will be attracted to this food source as well.
Professional Help in Excluding Rodents
Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions offers three levels of year-round pest control services that will help you with exclusion techniques and treatment plans for the pests that are plaguing your home: our Gold Package, Silver Package, and Platinum Package. Having one of these plans in place the perfect way to help keep rodents out. If rodents do get into your home, however, our technicians can come and set bait stations to trap those annoying pests. With help from Nozzle Nolen, your Port St. Lucie home will be rodent-free in no time!
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