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The Problems Associated With Rodent Infestations In Atlanta

January 15, 2022

Mice and rats are often lumped together because they are rodents with many similar qualities and habits. Although this is the case, you will likely never have an infestation of both of these rodents simultaneously. This is because rats are known to attack and kill mice as they are both territorial critters.

In any case, an infestation of just one of these pests is enough to cause many problems for any Atlanta resident. Common home-invading rodents in the area include:

  • The house mouse is 5 to 7 inches long, including the tail, light brown to gray fur, large ears, and has a pointed muzzle.
  • Roof rats can grow up to 16 inches long, including the tail, has brown and black fur, and large eyes and ears with a pointed nose.
  • A Norway rat is 7 to 9 ½ inches long, with brown fur and small eyes and ears.

Below, you can see a list of the many problems these pests can cause on your Atlanta property and what you should do if you have an active rodent infestation.

Property Damage Caused By Rodents

Rodents' teeth never stop growing, so they have to chew constantly. Because of this, if rodents, like mice and rats, get into your home, they can cause immense property damage. Some of the materials rodents will chew on includes drywall, insulation, wood, plastic, aluminum, wires, and pipes.

Not only will this pest damage your home, but it can also ruin personal belongings like furniture and clothing. They can also be the cause of fire and flood hazards when they chew through pipes and wiring.

Other damages caused by rodents in your home include greasy markings, their fur leaves behind, droppings, and urine. While rodent waste can ruin your home, this pales compared to what else it can do to people's health.

Health Concerns Caused By Rodents

Rodents like mice and rats pose serious health hazards to people and the animals that live in our homes. These pests are not known for their cleanliness and instead are known for inhabiting places like sewers, dumpsters, and near decaying organic matter. When rodents are in these unsanitary places, they pick up pathogens that can then spread to residential homes when they infest. These pathogens can lead to hantavirus, leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonellosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, adult respiratory distress syndrome, rat-bite fever, and more. 

Other health concerns caused by home-infesting rodents include:

  • Triggering allergies and asthma.
  • Contaminating food, surfaces, and personal hygiene products caused by feces, urine, and saliva.
  • Spreading fleas and ticks, which can cause Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, bubonic plague, typhus, tapeworm, bartonellosis, and more.

 When rodents infest a home, people and pets are at risk. Due to their prolific nature, one or two of these critters can quickly become dozens. If you have a rodent infestation, it is essential to get it removed quickly and thoroughly. Store-bought baits and traps don't get the job done. 

How To Get Rid Of Rodents

The safest, most effective way to deal with rodent infestations is to call in the experts. If you are an Atlanta, Georgia resident, you should contact Anthem Pest Control. We offer specialized rodent services because we know how difficult of a pest they are.

Our rodent control process includes an inspection for rodent activity, feces, water sources, entry points, and signs of what type of rodent we are dealing with. Once we understand your particular situation, we will tailor our rodent control treatment to fit your needs. After the initial treatment, we will return in three to five weeks to determine if further treatment is necessary.

If you see signs of a rodent infestation in your Atlanta home, you should contact us immediately at Anthem Pest Control.