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Why Rodents Are Getting into Your Home

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January 27, 2023

Why Rodents Are Getting into Your Home

As the seasons change and the temperatures cool, you may notice evidence of rodents moving into your living space. These creatures mean well; they are just trying to stay warm, find food, and have a safe place to spend the winter. But they do not make good roommates, so it’s important to take immediate action at the first sign of a rodent in your home.

John Moore Services is a superb choice for rodent control in Houston. We understand the ins and outs of Houston pest control, and our knowledge of building systems ensures the best results for your home.

Rodent Concerns

Seeing a mouse or rat running through your home is certainly unnerving, but that’s not the only reason to get rid of them. Rodents can spread various diseases, including hantavirus, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis. Diseases spread from mice, rats, and other rodents through droppings, saliva, and being bitten by them.

Along with the health concerns brought about by the presence of rodents, you should also be concerned about the damage they can cause to a structure. Mice and rats often chew through electrical wires and the materials used to build your home, leaving behind extensive damage that’s costly to repair.

Rodents Commonly Found in Houston

The bayous, forests, and spacious open areas of beautiful Houston serve as a haven for a wide variety of wildlife. Rats, mice, and squirrels are frequent visitors to local homes, but even raccoons, skunks, and opossums have taken up residence.

While bats are technically not rodents, they can still cause problems if they nest in your attic. John Moore Services can provide bat removal services and infestation prevention.

How Do Rodents Get into the House?

Rodents look for holes to get into a home. Did you know a mouse can flatten itself to about 6-7 mm to fit into the tiniest gap? It doesn’t take much for a rodent to squeeze into your living space.

Some will look for spots they can open with their paws or chew a hole through an already damaged area. Most rodents are incredibly resourceful and tenacious, but you can keep your home critter-free with the right approach.

How to Remove Rodents from the Home

Eliminating rodents and other pests can pose a challenge, but our rodent control experts at John Moore Services are up for the task.

We use a five-step process for removing rodents from your home:

  1. Inspection: We will thoroughly inspect the infestation and determine how the rodents are entering the home.
  2. Exclusion: We seal all entry areas before removing the rodents to prevent future infestations.
  3. Extermination: We use traps to capture mice and rats. Our Wildlife Removal Services specializes in the humane removal and exclusion of raccoons, possums, squirrels, and bats.
  4. Decontamination: Simply removing the pests is not enough; we’ll rid the home of urine, droppings, and contaminated nesting materials to prevent health issues and property damage.
  5. Repair: We will identify and perform any necessary home repairs.

How You Can Prevent Rodents from Getting into the Home

Sealing holes and other access points in your walls and roofing materials is important. Another step to take is winterizing around your home's foundation by pruning overgrown hedges and bushes and raking leaves. Store items like firewood and garbage bins as far away from the house as possible.

Avoid leaving any food out in your home, including food for pets. If rodents don’t have direct access to food, they may choose another place to call home. Sweep and wipe up crumbs and keep non-perishable food items in airtight containers.

Professional Houston Rodent Control Services

At John Moore Services, we’re experts in rodent control for Houston residents. We offer a quarterly rodent control program in which our technicians will monitor your home for entry points, inspect existing exclusion work, and replenish bait boxes. Contact us to get on our quarterly schedule.

In addition to pest control, we offer a range of other services. You can count on us to tackle work related to:

Plumbing

HVAC systems

Electrical systems

Roof repair

Home remodeling

Our experience in the construction and repair world has given us extensive knowledge of the home and how pests take up residence within its walls. We know how your home works as a system, so we can help keep that system healthy and safe.

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Contact John Moore Services today to get answers to your questions about rodent control in Houston.

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