The weather, rodeos, and nightlife here in Oklahoma City are several of the reasons our state is so attractive to residents and tourists alike. While it may be attractive to visitors, it's also attractive to pests. Cockroaches, ants, and others pests all thrive on our islands. Among these pests that thrive are rodents. They’re always active and their damage seems to never cease.
The problem with rodents thriving in Oklahoma is that they’re getting into our homes and making themselves comfortable. There are a few reasons why rodents enter homes. It could be in search of shelter during hurricane season or to gain access to our food sources, or perhaps both. Our homes offer shelter with easy food access nearby. Why wouldn’t they enter if they’re allowed?
Rodents Will Find Entry Points
They often get in through holes in the exterior of a home. Some can climb, so even if there’s a hole high up in the exterior, it could be letting them in. On top of that, they can fit through surprisingly small openings. For example, mice can fit through holes the size of a dime! Damaged screens or open windows can also allow them to enter. Chewing is a strong suit for rodents, so a small hole can be made larger with their powerful gnawing. And once inside, their gnawing will continue.
Rodents Chew Incessantly
Rodents pose multiple threats to homes here in Oklahoma Just their presence alone can cause distress. On top of being a nuisance, rodents will spread damage both inside and outside the home by their incessant chewing. While they come and go as they please, their gnawing can be taken out on furniture, walls, personal items, wooden structures, wiring, and more. Their damage is costly to repair and can potentially result in water leaks and fire hazards.
Rodents Cause Mildew And Spread Disease
Rodent nests will wreak of urine and feces. You’ll know when you’ve located one by the smell. Furthermore, their droppings can be found anywhere in the house from silverware drawers to couch cushions. Rodents often help themselves to the food in your cupboards. They can easily chew through most food packaging. These pests are capable of spreading diseases and parasites inside your home as well. Therefore, it’s important to eliminate them as soon as possible. Pestmaster® Services recommends putting prevention methods in place to reduce the likelihood of rodents entering your Oklahoma City home.
Prevention Tips To Keep Rodents Away From Your Oklahoma City Home
Some prevention tips include:
- Take the trash out regularly and keep it sealed tightly.
- Inspect the outside of your home and seal all cracks and openings.
- Keep food sealed in airtight containers.
- Clean up spills and crumbs.
- Trim shrubs and limbs away from your home. They may allow rodents easy access to climb the sides of the house.
Pestmaster® Services is here to help with your pest needs. If you want help preventing or removing these pests, give us a call. These persistent pests can be extremely difficult to eliminate once they’ve made your home theirs. Let the professionals take care of the problem for you--and clean up their mess! Contact Pestmaster® Services to find out more.