Did you know that roughly two million rats live in New York City? That's one rat for every four people. If you add in all the other invasive rodents, you might have enough for each person to have their own invasive furry foe. If you live here in Long Island and don't want rodents breaking into your home, you have come to the right place. Today, we will discuss the many problems rodents cause in Long Island and break down some methods to prevent and control these pests.

Common Home-Invading Rodents Found In Long Island

Long Island is home to several different kinds of rodents. The three most common types of rodents in our area are rats, mice, and squirrels. Of these three pests, rats and mice are by far the most problematic. These pests have strong and sharp teeth that they use to chew holes through siding, plaster, and other structural barriers. Rodents can also squish their bodies through small gaps, cracks, and holes. The house mouse, the smallest and most common mouse in our area, can squeeze through gaps the width of a nickel. Some species of rodents, like roof rats and eastern grey squirrels, use telephone poles, trees, wires, and branches to access upper floor windows and other entry points. The only thing limiting rodents from invading your house is what you do to stop them.

The Damage & Dangers Rodents Can Create In Your Home

Have you ever wondered why pet rodents are safe and friendly but wild rodents are not? The truth is, if you bought a rat from the store and let it loose in your home, it would cause the same problems as a wild rat. Rats and mice will eat just about anything and are known for carrying disease-causing organisms in and on their bodies. Some common diseases you might contract from having rodents inside your house include salmonellosis, hantavirus, murine typhus, tularemia, and rabies. In addition to spreading diseases, rodents are also incredibly destructive. These pests chew on things constantly and tear up insulation, fabrics, and paper to build their nests. There have even been cases where rodents sever electrical wires with their teeth and start fires indoors. 

Easy & Effective Rodent Exclusion Tips For Around Your House

If you are looking for a way to deter rodents from invading your Long Island home, one option you have is exclusion strategies. Here are just a few exclusion tips and tricks to make your exterior rodent resistant. 

  • Use caulk and some steel wool to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks around your exterior foundation.
  • Make sure all of your window and door screens are in good condition and installed properly.
  • Install door sweeps under all your exterior doors.
  • Keep unscreened windows and doors closed when they aren't in use.
  • Perform all of the previous steps once a year.

The Effective Method Of Rodent Control For Your House

If you do not have time to rodent-proof your home or are looking for a way to deal with an active infestation, we have options for you at PDF Finest Pest Management. Our team of dedicated pest control technicians knows how to identify and address rodent infestations. Whether you have lots of small rodents or a single massive rodent inside your house, we will take care of the problem at hand. 

Contact PDF Finest Pest Management to learn more about our rodent control offerings. With just one service visit, you will know why we are your best option for pest control in Long Island.