Does Charlotte Have a Rodent Problem? Exterminators Rank Rat, Mice Calls 20th in U.S.
Just as human activity moves indoors as the weather cools, mice and rats head that way, too, finding a way into homes for food and water.
Pest control company Orkin rated the country’s top 20 rodent-infested cities based on its rodent treatments in those areas. For better or worse, Charlotte took the 20th spot.
Each fall, rats and mice invade an estimated 21 million American homes, according to the extermination company. The animals can slip through holes as small as a quarter or dime. And if the fit is tight, they’ll just chew around to enlarge it. Unsure whether you might have one? Here are some signs of rodent infestation.
In addition to eliciting screams and causing damage, rodents can also pose serious health threats. Rats and mice are known to spread disease through urine, droppings and bites. Some people may also have allergies triggered by rodent droppings.
Pregnant women and young children are especially at risk. The diseases rodents transmit can cause severe illness or developmental defects in newborns, and rodent droppings can trigger asthma and allergic reactions, especially in children.
Staff at Charlotte’s highly rated Action Pest Exterminating say kitchens and garages are the most common places people find mice and rats, and they treat those areas with regular traps and rodent bait boxes.
He and other exterminators say sanitation is the best prevention. Mice, rats and squirrels will be attracted by available food, whether it’s something people have left out or food for pets. Cat food and bird seed are a common draw.
If you’ve already spotted a rodent intruder, you’ll probably want to call a local exterminator. If you want to be sure mice or rats don't invade your home, try these tips from pest control experts.
Either way, this is one Top 20 that Charlotte hopes to avoid.