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Danger of Rodents Such as Diseases Spread to Humans & Property Damage Caused by Rats & Mice in Manassas, VA

Like most areas, rats and mice plague the State of Virginia. But how do they get inside your home? Both residential and commercial roofs have places where varying roof angles meet. These roof adjoinments often have small gaps that allow rodents such as roof rats to enter. Once inside, rodents have access to your attic space and often breed there which causes damage to insulation and contaminates the area. Unsealed crawlspaces, cracks and holes in walls and foundations, gaps around windows or ceilings and even sewer lines also allow rats and mice to enter your home. After all, a rat only needs a gap the size of a quarter and a mouse the size of a dime. CSI of Virginia delve into the importance of rodent inspections and control to get rid of rodents on your property and keep them away!

Rodent Damage

Rats and mice can cause structural damage via gnawing, nest building and defecation. When rodents enter your home and start breeding, they can trample your attic and crawlspace insulation which decreases the insulation’s R-value and the ability to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Rodents chew wood, electrical wires and other materials they come across which can creates fire hazards as well. In addition to this property damage, rats and mice urinate and defecate indiscriminately which spreads bacteria laden filth wherever they reside.

Danger of Rats & Mice

The main cause of danger lies in the fact that rodents carry lots of harmful diseases such as hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), tularemia and salmonella. When rats and mice are left unchecked to run through your kitchen cabinets, along your kitchen countertops, and underneath your plumbing; they could be spreading these diseases throughout your whole property. Their bacteria and germs can land on your food preparation areas, food, dishes, dining areas and more.

Mouse or Rat Inspection

Any professional rodent control treatment should start with a rodent inspection to determine the type of rats and/or mice, the extent of the current rodent infestation, probable access points including tree limbs that touch the roof and hidden burrows, as well as likely sources of food. This is an extensive and dirty job.

Rodent Exclusion

Rodent exclusion is also knows as rodent proofing. It involves blocking probably rodent access points by sealing gaps and holes. Every house is different and the amount of rodent exclusion necessary can vary widely. Older homes are obviously more vulnerable to rodent intrusion than newer built homes. It’s important to not just eliminate the current rat or mouse infestation but to protect your property from future rodent infestations as well.

Rodent Inspections & Control

It is a necessity for every home and business owner to rely on rodent inspection and control services to keep dangerous rodents away. CSI of Virginia knows where to look for rodents, their behavior, and how to prevent rats and mice from nesting or entering any residential or commercial building. Call us to schedule a rodent inspection and custom rodent control program today!