It’s well-documented that certain rodents are hazardous to our health and well-being. Known to spread dozens of diseases such as plague, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and tularemia, rats and mice can infect people and pets through direct contact and contact with their urine, feces, saliva or hair.

But did you also know that rodents can pose a risk to your property?

Our buildings and their structural features can also suffer from the effects of rodents and other such animals. Because they love to gnaw and chew on things, rats, mice, and squirrels can wreak havoc on home and business owners and their property by chomping on electrical wiring, piping, and other vital systems found inside interior walls, attics, crawl spaces, and around the exterior of the building. The damage they do can be considered much more than a nuisance, however.

Electrical wiring that’s been chewed through and exposed can overheat and come in contact with other wires, wood, or insulation, sparking an electrical fire.

Recognizing the Signs

Rodents and other animals that do damage to your electrical systems sometimes leave unmistakable signs (and sounds) of their presence. In addition to visible bite/chew marks on wires, wood, and drywall, you may also find chewing debris, feces/droppings, and nesting materials along walls and wiring pathways. In a quiet room, you may also hear scratching, rustling, and scurrying behind walls and in attics and crawl spaces.

Other signs of their presence and the damage they’re doing may not be so recognizable, however. Electrical issues such as flickering or dimming lights, power breakers inexplicably tripped, and singed or burned outlets can all indicate that you have a rodent or other animal chewing on your electrical wiring. At that point, it’s important to call a professional to help you get rid of your rat, mice, or squirrel problem before it becomes a larger, more hazardous problem.

Call Wild Trappers

If you’re noticing any of the aforementioned signs, perhaps it’s time to call Georgia’s very own Wild Trappers. When you call Wild Trappers to help you determine if you have a rodent infestation or another type of animal nuisance, not only are you calling on professionals that will inspect your property to examine the extent and nature of your problem, but they can also get rid of the rodents or unwanted animals. In addition, Wild Trappers also offers related services, including sealing up any access points, and cleaning up the mess and debris the animals left behind.

For more information, contact Wild Trappers today before the cool fall weather comes and the critters begin to seek warmth and shelter in and around your home or business.