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The Dangers of Rodents Around Your Home

Many homeowners believe that if wild animals stay outside of their home, they are not a danger to their family or themselves. We do, after all, share the world with a variety of wildlife, and it is not reasonable to expect wildlife to never step foot across your property line. However, rodents in particular can be problematic for homeowners, and their presence in your home as well as even on your property can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Consider these dangers of rodents around your home, especially when seeking out the help of an expert pest control company, such as Blue Chip Pest Services.

Larger and smaller rodents and pests can carry parasitic worms, viruses and bacteria that can make you and your family sick. You may contract illnesses from coming in direct contact with rodents and other pests, but you can also contract illnesses by coming in contact with their feces or droppings. Raccoons, for example, often carry distemper, round worm and rabies. Starlings may carry histoplasmosis, which can cause blindness and death. Skunks carry rabies. These are just a few of the many rodents and pests that may be found on or around your property, and they can be dangerous to be around.

Property Damage
Rodent Control St. LouisWhile rodents pose a health risk to your family and you, they can also cause damage to your property which makes rodent control essential. For example, raccoons can damage your lawn, shingles, air vents and trash containers. Squirrels can damage wiring inside the home, siding and air vents outside your home and more. Many animals can be destructive while on your property, and this is at significant financial cost to you.

Fire Danger
It is important to note that some rodents and other nusiance wildlife can create a fire danger on your property. For example, squirrels that chew through wiring in your home can cause live wires to be exposed. This creates a fire hazard, and the fire hazard is compounded by the fact they build nests in attics close to the areas where they chew wires. Opossums that find their way into your home also can create a fire danger inside your home by chewing on wires. These pests have caused numerous home fires in the past, and there is a good chance that they may be the cause of a fire in your home. If you suspect that you may have a pest or rodent problem around your home, it is strongly advised that you seek out the assistance of an experienced and professional pest control company; do not attempt to rid your home or property of rodents on your own.

It is a common misconception that rodents and pests around your property may be harmless, as long as they do not find a way to enter your home. The fact is that their presence can indeed result in multiple dangers for you and your family even when they do not enter your home. Many will indeed find a way to sneak into your home once on your property, and they can easily cause a fire danger and more pronounced property damage once inside your home. You should be mindful of the presence of wildlife around your property as well as inside your home. Monitor your home regularly for signs of wildlife through the presence of droppings and property damage. Listen intently for wildlife sounds, and keep an eye open for critters sneaking stealthily across your property. If you believe that wildlife may be on or around your home, you should contact Blue Chip Pest Services immediately for expert pest control services.

Detecting Animal Problems Around Your Home

Many homeowners across the local area who live in rural, suburban and even in more urban areas of the community are battling a wildlife or rodent control issue on their property. We do share our environment with many animals, but some animals can be a true nuisance. For example, some may cause Rodent Smear and Damagedamage to your property, and exposure to the rodents or their feces can result in serious health issues for you and your family. Determining if you have a rodent problem around your home may most easily be done by visibly seeing the animals on your property. However, many types of wildlife only come out during the darkened hours of the night, and others may be stealthy and stay away from your property when you are outdoors. There are other ways to determine if your property has a wildlife problem. Consider these points.


In many cases, you may be able to hear the animals on your property. Turn off the TV, radio and other sounds. Ask your family members to sit in silence for several minutes. It may be helpful to open a window to more easily listen for animal sounds. Listen for sounds of animals walking across your roof, skittering around outside and more. Some animals may chirp, chatter, gurgle, coo or make other sounds. Keep in mind that an animal may come and go from your home, so you may need to repeat this process numerous times before you hear animal sounds to determine if rodent control is necessary .


Rat DroppingsMost animals that spend any amount of time on your property will leave behind animal droppings. Walk around your property and pay special attention to the ground as well as elevated surfaces such as patio chairs, trash bins and more. Droppings will vary in appearance by animal, but they may range from looking like bird droppings to looking like small pellets and more. If you believe you have found animal droppings, do not touch them. Some droppings can carry serious diseases, parasitic worms and more that can make you and your family sick.

Signs of Property Damage

rodent gnawingWhile you walk around your property in search of animal droppings, also take note of the condition of your property. Many types of wildlife can be very destructive to your property. Some will dig holes or burrow into the ground. Others will chew on your vegetation, and others will gnaw at your siding, insulation, wiring and more. Some damage may easily be visible, and this is especially true if wildlife has been on your property for a significant period of time. In other cases, you may need to continually inspect your property for signs of damage.

If you believe that your property has a wildlife problem, you should take the immediate step of calling Blue Chip Pest Services for a pest control service. Many types of wildlife can be dangerous to you and your family. Many will bite or attack if confronted, and they carry bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause serious health conditions. You do not want to attempt to resolve your wildlife issue on your own. Simply contact Blue Chip Pest Services today to schedule the pest control service that you need.

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