While distinctly furrier and more palatable than many of the pests we deal with on a daily basis, rodents in your home or office can also cause major problems. In North Carolina, there are several common species of rodents that can infest your space and bring in germs, disease, and cause actual structural damage to your space. Just a few of these include the following:
- House Mouse: These small, active creatures typically begin their lives outdoors, but are forced inside due to overpopulation or a reduction in the local food supply. Once inside, they are small and quick. Their nocturnal nature and diminutive size makes it very likely that you may not see them at all, but you will start to notice droppings on countertops or in low pantries. Naturally inquisitive creatures, they will explore every nook and cranny of your home so that they are intimately familiar with every crawlspace or small area in which they can hide. Once they find a nest spot that is close to food, they will not venture out other than to explore or obtain more food. What’s more, they are prolific and fast breeders, meaning that infestations don’t take very long before they can run out of control. The occasional mouse trap is often not enough to prevent the multiplying of these rodents within your home once they have made themselves comfortable. The only way to really know that they are being addressed is to call a rodent pest control professional.
- Deer Mouse: Although deer mice are similar in size to the house mouse, they actually present a much more serious risk to humans. House mice are unclean and inconvenient, but the most serious pathogen they are likely to carry is salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. Deer mice, on the other hand, have been proven to often be carriers of the deadly Hantavirus, which has killed several people within the United States. While these mice are less likely to infiltrate your home or business, they are extremely attracted to outdoor storage bins, ledges beneath decks, grain silos, or even cars. They live predominantly in rural areas, but in North Carolina where the line between urban and rural is so thin, they have been known to venture further into civilization. Do not take the risk of trying to deal with these rodents yourself. Instead, call our vast network of professionals at Top NC Pest Control to keep you safe.
- Norway Rat: These rats are known by a variety of names, including Brown Rat, Gray Rat, Water Rat, Barn Rat, House Rat, Common Rat, or even in some cases, the Super Rat. They can reach up to 16 inches in length and are attracted to basements and other dark, damp spaces. Prior to the last few years they were not known to populate much of North Carolina, but this has been changing year after year as urban sprawl and other factors have caused them to spread even further across the United States. Their prolific breeding means that infestations can quickly become problematic, so if you suspect the presence of these rats in your home, don’t hesitate to call us for help.
- Roof Rat: Unlike their cousins the Norway Rat, Roof Rats are very common throughout most of the state of North Carolina. They happily inhabit spaces with humans, and are drawn to attics, walls, and ceilings of many buildings. The most common problem with having roof rats in your home is that they love to chew on just about everything, including the wires that often run through attic and wall spaces, which can lead to fires, power outages, and other serious complications that can cause serious damage to your home or business.
All of these rodents and more can be found in homes throughout North Carolina, and addressing them is essential to keeping your space clean, safe, and structurally sound. Rodents may seem less intimidating than many of the other pests that are common throughout North Carolina. However, in many ways their potential side effects are just as damaging. Here at Top NC Pest Control, we know that rodent control is often more complicated than do it yourself enthusiasts would have you believe. Too often, people will buy a rat trap or two and assume that it will take care of their rodent problem. In truth, these creatures are smarter than we expect and used to adapting in order to survive. This means that we have to treat them with a variety of methods and tactics in order to provide the best results possible to keep your property safe.