Do you think that you have a rodent infestation in your home? How can you tell? As experienced pest control experts in Las Vegas, we’ve seen rodent infestations of all shapes and sizes so we know a thing or two about identifying pests. In Las Vegas, we have a wide range of common rodent infestations from escaped feeder mice to roof rats and everything in between although ice and roof rats are some of the most common culprits. You can identify mice and rats by:
- Urine odors
- Gnawed holes
- Odd pet behavior
- Rodent tracks
Generally, you can identify a rodent infestation by connecting these signs with the area where they are found. For example, if you notice chewing or fraying on bags or containers that contain food (especially dry dog food) in the pantry you may have rats or mice in your home. Additionally, rat droppings or a distinct smell in areas that are generally covered such as in cabinets or crawl spaces.
The Risk of Rodent Infestations
Rodents can be some of the most destructive pests due to their ability to reproduce quickly. For most rodents, the gestation period is quite short, only a dozen or so weeks. On top of that, rodent litters range anywhere between 8 and 15 offspring. As you can see, things can get out of hand very quickly if left unresolved.
Additionally, rodents pose a health risk as well. Rodents have been known to carry zoonotic diseases that can jump from rodents to humans through contact with our food. Some of the known diseases include:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
- South American Arenaviruses (Argentine hemorrhagic fever, Bolivian hemorrhagic fever, Sabiá-associated hemorrhagic fever, Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever)
What To Do If You Notice The Signs Of A Rodent Infestation
If you notice any signs that would point to a rodent infestation, don’t hesitate to call your Las Vegas pest control company. When it comes to effective pest control, time is one of the most important factors as rodents can cause a lot of damage and reproduce quickly. An experienced pest control company will identify the source of the rodent infestation and remove them once and for all. Call (702) 533-6419 today for a free inspection and 50% off your first pest control service.