If you are looking for an exterminator for rodents in the New Jersey area, you might be in a bit of a panic. Few household pets are as unnerving as mice, rats, or other rodents. Big enough to be frightening, small enough to scurry away and hide, and alarming prolific; it’s no wonder that homeowners often panic at the first sign of a rodent. Before you feel silly, keep in mind that rodents carry over 50 diseases, including bubonic plague, salmonella, tapeworms, Lyme disease, and hanta virus. Rodents can also aggravate asthma and allergies.
Why are rodents such a problem in a home?
After all, rodents exist in the wild but you do not see infestations of them in the wild. That is because rodent populations are controlled by predators, weather, and scarcity. In a home, there are no predators (except for housecats!), food and water are abundant, and rodents can thrive in room temperatures. A female mouse can have a litter every month, with 3 to 16 young per litter. A female rat can have a litter every month, with 2 to 33 young per litter. Mice reach sexual maturity between 6 and 8 weeks old, while rats reach sexual maturity around 4 to 5 weeks old. As these numbers suggest, an unchecked rodent infestation can rapidly become a serious problem!
Stop Rodents in Your Home
There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your chances of rodent infestation. Seal any opening larger than ¼ inch to prevent access, by using caulk to seal holes, weather-stripping around all doors and windows, and screening windows and vents. Keep food sealed, including pet food, and fix any leaks to eliminate potential water sources. Then, keep an eye out for rodents; you may see signs like droppings or chewed up material before you see any rodents, themselves. Contact an exterminator as soon as you see signs of rodents to keep a small problem from becoming a major infestation.