What Dangers Can Rodents Create In Homes?

Friday 1st April 2022

Alice Redshaw

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The presence of rodents in your home can be frustrating to deal with, and may leave you wondering how they have gained access.

Once in the property, they can create some serious danger. This ranges from causing harm to the building's structure to affecting your health. 

Here at ICE Cleaning, our team of experts will completely eradicate your pest problem following a thorough risk assessment that will identify any potential hazards that may arise during the job.

We work round the clock to help you, operating 24/7, 365 days a year. Our technicians can perform pest control in any type of setting, from industrial to domestic.

What attracts rodents into homes?

One of the main reasons why rodents enter homes is because of the chance of food and shelter. In the warm and dry conditions our properties provide, they can find solace and the chance to reproduce.

Leaving food out in the open, or leaving rooms untidy, are some of the habits that will cause rodents to come into your home.

Many of the pests who enter dwellings can be found in your garden. To learn more about these different rodents, take a look at this useful guide from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Dangers rodents can cause

Now let's take a look at some of the main dangers rodents pose to properties, and ways they can be prevented.

Health implications

Rodents are known to spread diseases, such as salmonellosis ad hantavirus. They are often carried through faecal matter, urine and body hair. The effects of these illnesses like hantavirus can be wide ranging - check out this information provided by the Mayo Clinic to learn more.

In search of food, rodents will go anywhere in your home. With nourishment and shelter, there is a possibility they could reproduce. This is why it is important to act quickly if you have noticed a pest problem.

Professional technicians will be able to effectively treat a rodent infestation and also provide advice to prevent it from coming back. Once dealt with, you will be able to enjoy your home once more.

Damaging food sources

One of the main things that attracts rodents to your home is the potential for food. Leaving scraps out on counters or not properly sealing your bins can attract rodents.

Their bodily matter, such as droppings and urine, is enough to befoul food. This is dangerous for your health, but can be prevented by wiping down surfaces and having a regular cleaning routine in place.

Not only this, but rodents also create homes from food packaging. Any visible product materials should be kept out of sight and sealed properly. Rodents quickly use their initiative to make themselves at home in your building, so it is important that you take steps to stop this.

Harm to the building’s structure

Rats continuously chew through anything they can, as their teeth never stop growing. Unfortunately, the results of this are often costly and significant repairs.

Rodents can enter your property through the smallest of holes, sometimes leading to structural damage. This could result in harm to facades, electrical work or pipes within your walls.

To avoid this happening to your building, it is recommended to seal up any holes in the premises. You should also take care to regularly check your home for signs of cracks or holes – consistent maintenance should reduce the chance of these pesky rodents.

However, if you need it, our pest control services are here to help. We have plenty of experience in dealing with infestations, and only use non-abrasive and non-toxic products during the treatment.

Rodent climbing over corrugated roof

Destroying electrical equipment

As mentioned previously, rodents love to chew on things. In some instances, this can become a dangerous hazard.

If the protective layer around electrical wiring is bitten through, this could cause a fire to start or for the electricity to falter.

Throughout your home, check that all electrical outlets are in working order and ideally kept out of reach of rodents’ teeth. This could involve protecting them in casing or storing them away when not in use.

The results of a fire can be catastrophic and may involve you having to move out whilst repair work is undertaken. In the instance this happens to you, our fire damage cleaning services will be able to help. Our teams will work to return your home to a safe environment.

Other pest control services we provide

We provide many kinds of pest removal solutions, including:

Our hoarder clean up services

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer discreet and professional hoarder cleaning services. If you have many possessions stockpiled in your home, rodent infestations can occur.

To help you, we can carry out a deep clean and remove any items you no longer want. You do not need to be present for the treatment – it is your choice.

When you hoard items, fire exits can also become blocked, thereby increasing chances of accidents happening. As well as performing a rodent removal, we are able to gently decontaminate the property.

Get in touch

If you identify a rodent infestation at your property, you should call in a professional pest control company promptly. In cases of emergency, our team of experts can be on site within the hour to treat the problem.

Call us on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to find out more about the rat and mice control services we offer. Our friendly support team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.

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