Four Fast & Effective Rodent Prevention Tips For Tulsa Property Owners
February 23, 2021
Rodents are one of the most common home-invading pests we face here in Tulsa. That’s because many rodents rely on humans for food and water. While they may appear to be cute or cuddly, they carry many harmful diseases and can cause property damage to both homes and businesses. You need to know the steps you can take to keep rodents out of your Tulsa property. Additionally, you should know what rodent control solutions you can count on to get rodents out of your property in the chance that it becomes infested.
Rodents Common To The Tulsa Area
The most common property-invading rodents we face here in Tulsa are rats and mice. While both are common, you are not likely to have both invading at once. Rats, the larger of the two, can grow up to a foot long. They are gray, brown, or black, and they have long tails and small ears that are furless. Mice, on the other hand, only grow to be one to three inches long. Their short tails and large ears are covered in fur, and they are typically dust gray or brown. Both have front teeth that grow throughout their lives. They will chew on objects to keep their teeth from overgrowing.
Given their propensity for chewing, when rodents get into a home or business, they can inflict a lot of damage. They have been known to chew through wires, pipes, drywall, furniture, and clothing.
Rodents are common carriers of parasites such as fleas and mites. If a rodent carrying these parasites gets onto your property, it can introduce the parasite to your home and pets. Rodents also carry and spread disease by contaminating the various surfaces of a home or business with their feces, urine, and saliva. These diseases include LCM, plague, hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, and rat-bite fever.
Identifying & Removing Rodent Attractants
Several factors might attract rodents onto a property. The most common factor is the easy availability of food and water. Cut down on potential food and water sources to keep rodents out of your home or business. This means:
- Store all food in airtight containers or the fridge.
- Wipe up any spills or food crumbs from floors and countertops immediately.
- Store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids, and take out the trash regularly.
- Fix any leaking pipes or faucets around your property.
- Identifying & Removing Rodent Entry Points
Another reason rodents might enter a property is simply that there is easy access to it. You should seal off potential entry points However, bear in mind that rodents can fit through tiny little holes and can also chew through certain materials to gain entrance. You should:
- Cover any holes around your home’s exterior such as around vents, utility lines, and pipes with a hard material that rodents cannot chew through.
- Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
- Fill in any cracks in your home’s foundation.
Effective Rodent Control
If you do find yourself dealing with a rodent infestation, contact the professionals here at Dandi Guaranty right away. Not only will we effectively eliminate any rodent infestation with which you are currently dealing, but we will also work with you to better protect your home or business from future infestations. Additionally, ask us about our variety of ongoing pest control plans to keep your property safe from pests all year long. Give us a call today.