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Why Do-It-Yourself Rodent Control In Houston Often Fails

Mar 24, 2020

Got a mouse in your house? Before you head out to buy a couple of mousetraps, take a moment to reconsider your do-it-yourself approach. Rodents are more dangerous and more difficult to get rid of than you may think. We can help you learn all you need to know about safe and effective rodent control. Keep your Houston home protected with help from Romney Pest Control.

Common Rodents In Houston

There are a few species of rodents that might cause problems inside a Texas house. The most common are house mice, Norway rats, and roof rats. Mice are the smallest and Norway rats are the largest of these rodents.

Dangers Associated With Rodents

Rodents might first feel like only nuisance pests. It can be frustrating to open your cabinets and find your food has been broken into and eaten by rodents. However, the problem with rodents doesn’t stop there. Rodents leave fecal matter throughout the house—the amount depends on the species, and they may coat your house with urine smells. And Norway rats have greasy fur that might stain the walls and furniture.

In addition, rodents need to gnaw constantly. You may find teeth marks on furniture, along the walls, and all over the kitchen. They may also gnaw on electronics and wires, putting your home at risk of an electrical fire. These should be reasons enough to keep rodents out of your home, but there’s more. Rodents are known to carry many dangerous diseases like salmonellosis, tularemia, rat-bite fever, and more. These can be transferred to humans through direct contact or contact with their fecal matter and urine.

Signs Of A Rodent Infestation

How do you know if you have a rodent problem? Here are some signs to look for:

  • Gnaw marks
  • Fecal matter and urine
  • Animal smells in the house
  • Nests
  • Grease marks along the walls
  • Sound of rodents moving or gnawing
  • Holes in plastic and cardboard containers in the pantry
  • The rodent itself

Safe Ways To Eliminate Rodents

What do you do when rodents get inside your home? You may be tempted to try and solve the problem on your own. However, store-bought traps are rarely effective. Though you may catch a few mice or rats, you probably won’t catch every rodent in your home. They will continue to breed until the infestation is out of control. And it can be dangerous to try and take care of rodents on your own. Norway rats can be aggressive when they feel threatened and may bite you. Even if they don’t bite, it can be dangerous to touch a rodent or even to clean their droppings.

Instead of putting yourself at risk of disease, let us help. Romney Pest Control has the tools to effectively eliminate rodents and clean the area where they’ve been. In addition, we can help you eliminate attracting factors and entry points so that you’ll find long-term relief from rodents in your Houston home. Trust us, attempting to take care of rodents alone is not worth the time and risk. Let us help.


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