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Rodents can be difficult to detect. They often live within the walls or attics and move about at night (or when the house is empty) looking for food and water. Rodents are especially attracted to pet food, bird seed, fruit, and baked goods left out on counters or in the pantry.
Even if you see or hear evidence of them in your home, it can be hard to figure out how they are getting inside. They often use tiny, hidden holes in walls behind appliances or inside kitchen cabinets, and frequently through holes along the roof that allow access to your attic.
And once they have found a safe home, they will stay for years, with their population increasing the longer they remain undisturbed. They are often detected by the sounds they make while moving about or the droppings they leave on surfaces all around the house.
Much of the damage caused by rodents is due to their chewing. Rodents like to gnaw on wood, paper, and wiring. They can therefore damage roofing, siding, electrical wiring, walls, doors, furniture, duct-work and other structural fixtures and home furnishings.
In addition to this damage, rodents leave behind droppings and urine that is not only unsightly but can also cause health problems. Rodent-borne diseases can be spread to humans through bites, contaminated food or water, parasites or breathing dust from rodent urine or droppings.
Absolutely. While mice and rats are the most common type of wildlife we find in homes, other urban wildlife pose similar problems, including squirrels, raccoons, possums, birds, bats and armadillos.
While there are a number of products to trap or kill rodents, it can be difficult to eradicate the problem, particularly if all animals are not removed and entry points closed off. Furthermore, many homeowners find rodent control distasteful and dangerous when it comes to accessing the roof or attic.
We will send out a licensed rodent specialist to inspect your home, identify the type of rodent or other wildlife, and identify rodent entry points and damage.
Our specialists understand wildlife patterns and habitats, and we can identify where they are accessing your home as well as all possible food and water sources. Once these factors have been determined, the specialist will follow an extensive trapping schedule to remove all rodents from the home safely. Then, seal off all possible entry points so rodents can’t return.
Plus, ABC Specialists will work with homeowners by detailing ways to make their homes less hospitable to these animals in the future.
Our specialists focus on removing all existing animals and then rodent-proofing the home. We identify all potential entry points and then block them with various materials including sheet metal, heavy wire mesh, copper wool, and concrete, depending on the nature and location of the openings.
Larger animals like raccoons, squirrels and opossums are caught in live traps and relocated to areas well away from the home. Smaller animals like mice are rats are eliminated via the use of snap-traps.