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Can Rodents Really Chew Through Your Walls?

Rats mice san antonioWhen you were a child, you probably didn’t give much thought to the adorable little mouse hole at the base of the wall in Tom and Jerry cartoons. If you ever saw one in your home, there would be nothing cute about it. The cartoonist borrowed a fact from real life—rats and mice can and do actually chew right through walls, and that’s just the beginning. Rodents are a talented and sneaky family of animals that are perfectly capable of destroying much of what we build in order to meet their immediate needs for food and shelter. Unfortunately, most mice aren’t as charming as Jerry, and most cats aren’t as devoted as Tom.

A Formidable Furry Force

Rats and mice cause millions of dollars in damages to homeowners every year. They chew through insulation, drywall, wood and almost any other building material; this behavior opens the door for their friends and relatives to visit, and leave behind contaminated droppings along with extensive destruction. Once they’ve secretly chewed open a wall and crept into your home at night, your interior is also fair game, including your food stores, your electrical components, your important papers and even your clothes. As unpleasant as the thought may be, little rat feet running across your carpet may not be your biggest problem. Rodents chewing through electrical wiring can lead to devastating fires. Chewed-up roofing can lead to serious water damage.

Squirrels: Cute, but Guilty

Squirrels are cuter and more socially acceptable than rats or mice, but they do their fair share of damage. Squirrels seem to have a fondness for electrical wiring, especially when it’s in an attic. If they chew their way through your roofing material and get inside, fires and mysterious power outages may occur. You may also find squirrels gnawing on your patio furniture or even the non-metal parts of your car.

Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open

To detect and evict rodents before they can wreck your home, be observant. Look for signs of squirrel damage in neighborhood trees and outdoor structures. Check your attic for signs of invasion. Indoors, look for rat and mouse droppings, damaged wood, unexplained holes or disturbed food stores. Listen for scratching or squeaking noises at night. If you hear rodents inside your walls, it’s best to let a professional remove them before they can renovate your home.

When Rodents Cross Your Boundaries, Call ABC Home & Commercial Services

Although you may feel overwhelmed when rats, mice and other rodents start renovating your San Antonio home without your permission, our rodent control specialists know exactly what to do. We’ll start by assessing your problem, and then we’ll design a rodent control program that addresses your specific needs. Our specialists will even locate potential rodent entry points, and help identify conditions that may be conducive to infestations. Don’t let unwanted guests nibble away the structural integrity of your home. Schedule a free estimate today.

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  • Once inside your home, squirrels damage attics buy chewing wires, ripping up insulation and defecating in the attic. Squirrels damage trees in your yard by building their nests and gnawing on and eating the bark.