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Rodents love urban sprawl. These critters prefer to live off the generosity of humans. They feed on food in our dumpsters. They feed on food in our gardens. They feed on food in our trash receptacles. They feed on food left out in our yards. We could go on and on, but you get the point. There are many ways we help feed rodents. That's one of the big reasons they're such a problem in Lake Worth! The urban environment offers rodents all the food they could ever want. But sometimes they have to chew their way through a barrier to get to it. That's what we're going to be talking about today.
Rodents are always on the lookout for food sources. This will have them sniffing around your trash cans, crawling through your landscaping, searching under your deck, and scrutinizing every inch of your foundation wall while searching for food. If they find a tiny hole in the frame of the double doors that lead into your basement, they'll exploit it. If they see a gap in your garage door seal, they'll check out what’s inside. If they find chipped mortar or a damaged window pane, they take advantage of it. They'll also be more than happy to create a hole in a sound piece of wood if they can find a secluded, hidden spot to do so.
When rodents get into a home, the holes they create or the gaps they chew to make larger provide other pests with an entry point into your home. This can lead to carpenter ant damage, cockroaches-related illness, and a whole list of other pest problems. If those holes are near the soil, they can also allow rainwater into the walls of your home which can lead to fungi, mildew, and mold problems.
Once they find their way inside a home, rodents don't stop making holes. They will create holes in walls to gain access to kitchens, pantries, and other food storage areas. They gnaw holes in food packages. They chew holes in clothing, books, furniture, and other belongings. To sum things up, these are destructive pests.
In your attic, rodents will tear up your insulation to pad their nests. They will also chew into stored boxes and ruin some of the materials inside as well as gnaw on pieces of wood in your home. But, worse than the damage they do, they'll leave their feces and urine everywhere. In fact, rodents will even leave their excrement where they sleep which is quite disgusting and unsanitary.
As the rodent population in a home increases, the smell of urine becomes more and more noticeable. It can even become so strong that you don't even have to go into the attic to smell it.
Okay. Now for the unsavory part. While we don't prefer to be all "scary" about pest control, it is important to realize that rodents can present serious health problems when they get into a home. So the topic must be addressed. We could just list off all the many illnesses rodents are connected to, but then you may walk away from this article thinking that every rodent that gets into your home will have a hundred different diseases. This is not the case. However, rodents are a reservoir for pathogens and mechanical vectors for harmful bacteria and parasites. It is important that you understand how this works.
When rodents get in, they often carry fleas, ticks, and other parasites in with them on their fur. Not only do ticks and fleas feed on blood, they can also spread illnesses to humans, dogs, and cats. If the rodents that come into your home are infected with a harmful pathogen, those fleas and ticks can spread it to you or your pets. This can lead to symptoms as simple as a fever, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting to serious, lifelong health problems such as fatigue, heart complications, or liver failure. When rodents or parasites appear in your home, it is important to eliminate them as quickly as possible. The best way to accomplish this is with the assistance of a licensed and experienced professional pest control provider.
Lake Worth is part of our extensive service area. If you need a pest control problem eliminated, you can trust the highly-trained pest control professionals at Nozzle Nolen to get the job done right, the first time! Learn more about how we eliminate pest control problems in Lake Worth by clicking here.

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