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The Dangers of Having Rodents in Your Basement

 In Blog, Rodent Control

a big, bright sprawling basement

The kitchen? Bathroom? Bedroom? There isn’t one place in your home good for rodents to be. But don’t think that you’re safe from the harm they pose just because they’re mostly out of sight in your basement.

They’re gross to look at, and the sound of them pitter-pattering behind walls and through your home is unnerving. Their presence makes residents feel like they’ve breached the gates of your home and like they’ve lost control over who gets in and out!

That’s not the worst of it, though. Having rodents in your home can be dangerous in many ways. Let’s check out how rodents like mice and rats get in your basement, what makes them so dangerous, and how GreenLeaf Pest Control can protect you.

Why Do Rodents Love Basements?

If you aren’t careful, a rodent may get into any part of your home. The basement offers them a safe, quiet, dark, and warm place to stay. This is something to keep in mind as fall approaches, with winter not far behind!

Rats need to eat twice as much over winter as they do in the summer months. Not only might they come to your basement, but they’ll be looking to fill up while they’re there.

Rodents don’t like being out in the open, and basements have many dark nooks and crannies for them to hide in. They also don’t feel as threatened because basements aren’t usually people’s main living quarters.

If rodents can find a quiet, dark, safe place with food and water to keep them going, they’ll flock there. Seal up any cracks you have outside and try not to leave rodent attractants lying around. You can use steel wool and caulking or foam spray to seal up any holes.

There’s only so much prevention you can do. Or rather, you can do everything possible but still find pests. If you’ve got pests in your basement despite your best prevention efforts, you need a professional to eliminate the infestation.

Disease Spreaders

Many types of rodents and pests spread diseases by moving bacteria and germs around. You never know where they’ve been and where they’re going next. Mice can carry bacteria in their fur and waste that cause diseases like tularemia, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, and more.

Mice also carry parasites known to spread ticks, fleas, and mites. Each of these, in turn, may cause their own problems. For example, ticks carry Lyme disease, which can have a debilitating impact on people’s health. People have been worried about getting diseases from rats for centuries, and the threat is still real today.

Call us for professional mice and rat control that will eliminate any of these types of infestations. Rodents have posed problems for society forever, spreading diseases and illnesses and generally being gross.

a dark cluttered basement

Don’t waste time with traps and sprays that, at best, might kill a few of the rodents, but not all of them. You’ll just waste time, money, and energy on half-solutions that are bound to fail. Instead, call GreenLeaf Pest Control to get professional mouse and rat control inside the house, especially in the basement.

Our technicians use custom sprays they create themselves based on their expertise in dealing with each specific rodent. You can’t find these comprehensive solutions in stores because they aren’t commercially available.

All the ingredients in our treatments are approved by Health Canada, so you can feel peace of mind knowing that they’re friendly to any pets and the environment. Rats and mice can’t spread any illnesses or diseases after the infestation is eliminated, so call us.

Structural Damage

Various pests like to chew and damage wood, and that’s the last thing the lumber near the foundations of your home needs. As their name suggests, the carpenter ant loves gnawing on wood. They don’t eat it, but if you see smoothed-out wooden holes, you can tell where they’ve likely been. Carpenter ants are a pest, not exactly a rodent, but the pest control specialists that tackle whatever infestation is endangering your basement.

Rats and mice can also nibble and chomp away at your home’s framing. It’s not just the germs they carry that presents problems. It’s their teeth! Sadly, getting rid of house mice isn’t easy because there are always more of them than you think. Kill one or two, and their friends and relatives will be back.

The last place you want creatures nibbling away at is your home’s foundations. They might not chew them away to the point the house collapses, but they can cause pesky damage that’s expensive to repair.

The holes they make outside the home can be an opening for more of their friends to get inside. Don’t let rodents harm your home — call GreenLeaf Pest Control instead.

Wiring and Other Problems

If a mouse chews through the electrical wiring in your basement, you could have a real problem on your hands. The damage caused could cost a lot to repair, but it could also lead to a house fire!

It’s far from a rare occurrence. Some estimates claim rats and mice start about 20% of undetermined fires in the US. Sure, maybe they don’t intend to start a fire. But rats and mice don’t cause problems if they can’t get inside. Sometimes, home insurance doesn’t cover fires caused by an infestation because they’re seen as preventable.

Mice can get up to a lot of mischief when nobody’s looking. If you store food down there, they could nibble on the containers and cause it to spoil. They can damage keepsakes and heirlooms in storage. In other words, rodents can cause health problems, house problems, and pose risks to the valuable objects in your home.

There are several differences between rats and mice, but neither are welcome visitors inside your home. They pose various risks to property and yourself.

Rodents need to be kept out of every room of your home, but it helps to know which ones they target first. Your dark, moist, quiet, warm basement might be calling rodents. If so, call us.

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