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The Trouble With Rodent Trapping In Nashville

October 30, 2022

Most people don't want to share their homes with unwanted guests. We want our homes to be a place for family and friends. We do not want our homes to be a refuge for pests like spiders, cockroaches, or flies, nor do we want rodents in the same space. 

If you suspect rodents have taken up residence in your home, you need the Nashville pest control team from Cima Solutions. For more than a decade, we have been eliminating pests and rodents.

Identifying a Rodent Problem In Your Nashville House

Because we live in the lush hills of Tennessee, various types of rodents infest properties in the Nashville area; these rodents include mice, rats, raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks. Although there is evidence unique to each rodent, these are general signs of rodents in your Nashville home:

  • Pathways: Mice create trails to food sources littered with food, droppings, and grease marks. 
  • Wiring damage: Rats and squirrels chew on electrical wires in the attic.
  • Droppings: All rodents leave fecal matter in the house. Rats and mice leave rod-shaped pointed droppings.
  • Insulation damage: Rats, mice, raccoons, and squirrels damage insulation when they create nests. 
  • Sounds: Rodents produce noises of scurrying, scratching, or walking in the walls or from the crawlspace or attic.
  • Odor: Mice leave a strong-smelling aroma from urine which they use to attract other mice.
  • Stains: Mice and rats leave grease marks on walls, and raccoons leave urine stains.

All rodents leave evidence of their presence. If you suspect rodents are in your Nashville home, examine the living areas of the house and the attic, garage, crawlspace, or basement for these signs. 

The Diseases Spread By Rodents 

While we wish rodents in Tennessee were clean, the reality is that they spread disease. Diseases rodents spread include leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonellosis, and raccoon roundworm. Although not as common, rodents can transmit rat bite fever, rabies, and even the bubonic plague. Rodents often carry fleas, and fleas can spread diseases like typhus. 

While traveling through the house, rodents leave their droppings and urine on surfaces, contaminating them. They pollute food products from their saliva as they chew on the packaging attempting to get to the contents. Pathogens falling from their fur is another way they contaminate surfaces. When the bacteria, viruses, and parasitic worms enter people through open wounds or contaminated products, severe illness may result.

Why Traps Don't Work As Effectively As You Want Them To

Using traps to get rid of rodents is a common first step for many homeowners. A captured rodent provides immediate gratification, but seizing the animal may not solve the problem. There is a strong possibility you have a nest of rodents in the attic or the walls. Unless you destroy the nests, remove entry points, and eliminate attractants to your house, you will continue to have an infestation. 

How To Safely Get Rid Of Mice In Your Nashville Home

Mice are common rodents in Nashville homes. The best way to get rid of mice is to utilize the professionals from Cima Solutions and implement the following:

  • Store food in airtight containers and remove dog food from the bowls before bedtime.
  • Close indoor and outdoor garbage can lids after each use.
  • Vacuum the house regularly. 
  • Clean food preparation and eating surfaces after meals and remove fruits and vegetables from countertops.
  • Seal openings in the foundation of the house and cover chimney and vent openings with screens.
  • Relocate and elevate firewood at least 20 feet from the house.

These solutions, along with professional pest control from Cima Solutions, will eradicate the pests from your Nashville home. Contact us and schedule an inspection. We will determine which rodents are infesting your home and strategically remove them and their nests.