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Rats and Mice: The Damage they Cause

Rats and mice cause more damage than most people can imagine. Here in this post, we will briefly discuss the potential damages that rats and mice can cause once they gain access to your home.

Rats and Mice Can Damage Irreplaceable Items

Artwork, old photographs, personal diaries, and family heirlooms – these are some examples of invaluable items people store in attics, sheds, garages, and basements. Rats and mice prefer to dwell in these very places and can chew the irreplaceable items you hold dear to shreds.

In their own little world, they are merely chewing fabrics, important files, books, photographs, clothes or anything else they can land their teeth on, to create a comfortable nest for birthing more babies.

While rats and mice can chew through most materials, irreplaceable items kept in sturdy storage are far less likely to be damaged than those in plastic bags or cardboard boxes.

Rats and Mice Can Damage Electrical Wiring

Rodents such as rats and mice are on a constant lookout for things to chew on. After all, they need to file down their continually growing incisor teeth.

When rats and mice roam or nest in and around the insulation or electrical panels, they are likely to chew on the electrical wiring.  The damage does not just cost you money; it can prove dangerous too.

Once the protective plastic coating is gnawed from the cables, it can result in short-circuits and pose a fire hazard.

If you are purchasing a new property in an area infamous for rodent infestations, it’s a good idea to opt for a pre-purchase rodent inspection. It will help you ensure that you’re making the right investment.

Rats and Mice Can Damage the Building Structure and Furniture Items

Rats and mice can cause significant damage to homes, offices, apartments, and practically any type of building through gnawing and nest-building.

Rats and mice can:

  • Gnaw and burrow into expensive, upholstered furniture to create nests.
  • Tunnel into building insulation inside the attics or walls, either to gain access to certain areas or to gather nesting material; once rodents get inside your heating/cooling ducts, your HVAC system will become less efficient.
  • Burrow into the building foundation and sheetrock/drywall.
  • Gnaw on wooden cabinets, furniture items, and the floor.
  • Create new entry points around doors, windows, attic, roof, etc.
  • Gnaw on the plumbing leading to your shower, bath, dishwasher, sinks or toilet. Even the tiniest holes in these pipes can lead to unexpected floods inside your home, ruining your cabinets, furniture, carpets, and belongings.
  • Gnaw through the framing (studs, roof trusses, floor joists, etc.) of your house to gain access to the attic, basement or any other area that seems comfortable for them to live in.

Rats and Mice Can Contaminate a Water Source

Rats and mice need water to survive. While certain food items will provide them with some water, they will still search for free-standing water.

Besides drinking the water found at the base of a potted plant or a draining bathroom tub/sink, rats and mice will also contaminate the water in the bowl left inside or outside the home for your pet. They do so by drinking it, swimming through it, and peeing in.

The water contaminated by rats and mice can cause Leptospirosis (a bacterial infection) in pets, especially if they are too young, old, injured, or sick. The disease-causing bacteria can survive in a contaminated water source for weeks to months.

When you decide to opt for rodent control treatments, make sure you know about safe rodent control solutions.

Rats and Mice Can Contaminate Food Items

Before or after nesting, rodents will roam around your dwelling in search of food. As rats or mice scurry-around your house, they will urinate and drop feces along the way, contaminating everything.

If rats and mice manage to get inside the pantry or gain access to the food storage area, they are likely to walk all over the food or chew on the packaging.

When you touch the items, you’re also having direct physical contact with their urine trail.

In the worst-case scenario, you or other family members may end up consuming contaminated food.

Contaminated food and rodent urine/droppings can be a potential source of many diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the diseases directly spread by rodents can be deadly.

Rats and mice can easily gnaw through plastic bags, cardboard boxes, and fabric. Therefore, food items are best stored in airtight glass or metal containers.

Get In Touch With Rodent Control Specialists

One of the worst things a rodent infestation can cause is the stress associated with numerous dangers they pose. If you suspect a rat or mice infestation in your home in Los Angeles, Orange County, or other surrounding Southern neighborhoods, you can request a free estimate right away.

Do not keep waiting for a rat infestation to get severe.  

Keep in mind that DIY rodent control does not work!At Rodents Stop, we offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE with all services we deliver; it covers the sealing of new rodent entry points, sanitization, and even re-treating a building if necessary.

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA


    February 8, 2020

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA


    February 8, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA


    February 8, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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