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Tampa is home to a wide variety of rodents ready to raid your home. From squirrels and rats to mice, rodents have sharp claws and continuously growing incisors, which they use to chew, gnaw, and rip up your home and belongings.  From squirrels gnawing on electrical wiring to rats spreading diseases through your home, it’s crucial to understand the threat these pests pose.

Rodents Create Safety Hazards in Your Home

In addition to causing expensive damage to your home, rodents pose several safety hazards to you and your family. Their small size allows them to squeeze into attics, where they tear up insulation and wooden frames. This kind of rodent activity can weaken your home’s structural integrity and make your electricity bills skyrocket.

Rodents often chew on electrical wiring, which creates a serious fire hazard. If you think rodents may be attacking your home’s electrical wiring, don’t hesitate to call pest experts—rodents can reproduce and significantly increase their nest’s population in a few weeks.

Rodents are Dangerous to Your Health

In addition to the structural damage they can cause, rodents carry a variety of dangerous diseases that can endanger the health of you and your family. People can contract the following diseases as a result of a rodent infestation:

  • Hantavirus: Causes your lungs to fill with fluid, often requiring hospitalization. While treatable, it is a very dangerous disease with a 40% mortality rate.
  • Leptospirosis: Passed through skin abrasion and generally causes symptoms like fever, nausea, and muscle pain.
  • Rat-bite Fever: Can be contracted through rat bites or consuming contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting, muscle aches, and a distinct rash on hands and feet.

Even if you haven’t noticed chewed walls or damaged wiring in your home, rodents could still be spreading diseases by feeding on your food supplies, crawling throughout your house, and producing waste. Critter Control® of Tampa’s pest experts can identify signs of a rodent infestation and create a plan for getting rid of these unpleasant critters.

Identify the Rodent Invading Your Home

While you may be tempted to climb into your attic and identify the critters on your own, it’s always best to call in the professionals. Critter Control® of Tampa’s local critter experts can safely and accurately identify the type of rodent that has made itself at home in your living space.

If you believe rodents may have invaded your home, check out our blog for helpful critter identification tips, and other helpful information, such as signs of a rat infestation.

Covid-19 and Increased Rodent Intrusion

Have you seen increased rodent activity in and around your home or business? You’re not the only one. Rodents forage for food where they can find it, which has traditionally included the bountiful contents of restaurant dumpsters. But because many restaurants have closed or are operating on limited capacity due to Covid-19, rodentologists have warned that hungry rodents are more likely to enter your home or business in search of food. Don’t leave food out overnight, and store what you can in secure cabinets and containers.

If you find evidence of a rodent infestation in your home or place of business, call Critter Control today. Our experts can get rid of them and keep further infestations from happening.

Protect Your Home from Rodents with Critter Control® of Tampa

Don’t let the possibility of a rodent infestation endanger you and your family. With over 30 years of animal removal experience, Critter Control® of Tampa can give you peace of mind with effective rodent control and removal solutions. Give us a call, or schedule your free home consultation online today.

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