From home repairs to hotel rooms and medical costs, hidden rodent infestations have hidden expenses for homeowners in Houston and across the state. Rodent dens that go unnoticed are more expensive and dangerous to remove than infestations that are uncovered quickly. Crawl spaces, attics and voids surrounding water pipes are prime real estate for rodents seeking a new home. Places that homeowners don’t inspect often are more likely to harbor unnoticed residents. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, most homeowner’s insurance policies specifically exclude damage caused by termites, insects, rodents and other pests. It’s the homeowner’s responsibility to correct any pest-related conditions and hire a pest control expert if necessary. Here are a few costly problems that can arise from hidden rodent infestations.
Rodents love to chew on wires, insulation and pretty much anything. Electrical damage caused by rodents isn’t just expensive. It’s dangerous. When mice, rats or squirrels strip off the protective insulation, bare wires can spark a deadly electrical fire. Rodents may even come in contact with electrical panels and areas that can affect the electrical system for your entire home.
Damage to Building Systems
Duct work, air conditioning units and critical building systems can all be infiltrated by rodents. These destructive animals live inside air returns, gnaw through insulated ducts and build nests inside air conditioning units. This type of infestation can reduce the efficiency of equipment or cause permanent damage. Homeowners may also be exposed to hazardous germs in the air. The damaged systems will need to be repaired or replaced.
Mice, rats, squirrels and larger rodents are all equipped with incisors designed for gnawing. Wood, sheetrock, furniture and common building materials are no match for determined rodents. These creatures frequently make holes to enter roofs, attics, chimneys, crawl spaces and ground-level areas. Rodents can even undermine foundations. Once inside, they’ll continue to wreak havoc. Plus, entry points can contribute to water damage and secondary problems.
Germs found in rodent droppings, urine and saliva readily contaminate cabinets, counters and most surfaces. However, airborne germs are also a danger. Simply sweeping or cleaning rodent droppings can stir up salmonella, hantavirus and various bacterial diseases.
Rodent colonies are linked to unpleasant odors and serious health concerns. Unnoticed infestations can contribute to unusual smells that aggravate asthma, allergies and respiratory problems. Rodents may also become trapped and die in a confined or difficult to reach area, which can cause extreme odor problems that require fumigation.
To prevent infestations and catch problems early, it’s a good idea to check your property regularly and investigate unusual sounds or activity. If you don’t know what to look for, have a pest control expert here at ABC complete an inspection. Early detection is the key to preventing costly damage and serious health problems.