Don’t Wait: The Risks of Putting Off Rodent Control

Pubished On: May 2, 2023

Discovering a rat or mouse in your home is unnerving, with their beady eyes and tiny feet running amok in your house. But more than that, rodent infestation quickly becomes unmanageable as they wreak havoc on your home, spreading germs and causing damage. Professional rodent control can prevent an infestation before it becomes a major problem.

Urban Desert Pest Control has over 21 years of extermination experience. We understand the urgency of a rodent sighting and will take measures to eradicate the rodent population from your home.

Rats and mice are cute, but don’t let that stop you from calling a professional to prevent infestation. There are several consequences that come with delaying rodent control.

Electrical Damage

Electrical wires are very appealing to rodents. When a rodent chews through a wire, it’s more than an inconvenience. Compromised electrical wires are one of the main causes of house fires. 

Check the wires of your lamps, phone chargers, and any other small appliances. Don’t underestimate the chewing power of a tiny mouse.

The longer you wait to schedule professional rodent control in Phoenix, the more likely you are to discover damaged wires throughout your home or business. 


Rodents live in dumpsters, sewers, and other dark and dirty places. They come in contact with various contaminants, which the rodents can spread throughout your home. Rodent excrement can carry deadly viruses that infect humans just by coming in contact with their urine or feces.

The danger of disease doesn’t lie solely in rodent droppings. Illness can also spread through rodent bites. That’s why pest control in Phoenix is best left to the professionals. 

Postponing rodent control gives them more time to contaminate your home with germs and filth.

Nibble Marks on Food

Rodents are always on the hunt for food sources. Your kitchen is a feasting place for rats and mice. Rodents often reveal themselves first in the kitchen. You may find chew holes in boxes and bites out of your produce.

Rodents can contaminate food as they explore your kitchen. They track Urine and feces as they crawl over produce and investigate your pantry. Eating food contaminated by rodents can cause illness or even death. 

If you don’t notice damage to your food, you will definitely notice rodent droppings. The size of the droppings corresponds with the size of the rodent. The bigger the droppings, the bigger the rodent inside your home.

Pet Food

Rodents love pet food as much as they love human food. In their search for a food source, when they come across a dish of pet food, they will take full advantage. They will scurry away with pet food, contaminating the area and leaving your pet confused and hungry.

Additional Infestation

When rodents enter your house, they don’t arrive alone. Rodents pick up fleas and ticks as they roam the underbelly of nature. Any pests nestled in the fur of a rodent can quickly infest your home. 

Fleas, ticks, and any other pest that arrive with rodents can carry disease as well. Fleas are small but dangerous. Bubonic plague, typically attributed to rats, was actually carried by fleas on the rats. 

Booming Population

Rodents breed quickly, spawning up to 2,000 descendants per year. Rodent populations grow so quickly that when you see one, it is safe to assume there are several more inside your home. Rodents almost never travel alone. 

Rodent control is best-taken care of as soon as you spot a rodent and before they have the chance to breed.

Preventing Rodent Infestation

You can prevent an infestation before it starts by taking note of a few areas around your home or business. The goal of rodent prevention is to make the area as unappealing as possible.

  • Secure the lids of outdoor trash cans. 
  • Relocate any bird feeders as far away from your home as possible.
  • Identify and remove standing water or other possible water sources. 
  • Keep the perimeter of the building free from weeds.

Once the outside of your home or business is clear, check for a possible entry point. Cover all vents leading to the outside. Identify any compromised space around door frames where a rodent may sneak in.

Rodents can also enter a building from the roof. Check surrounding trees for limbs that come close to the roof. A rodent may run down the limb and gain entry through a hole in the roof. 

Cleaning Contaminated Areas

You should always disinfect areas contaminated by rodents. You can use diluted bleach or other household disinfectants. Spray the area and open surrounding doors and windows to ventilate. 

Wearing gloves and paper towels, clean up any droppings or other signs of rodent presence. Throw out any contaminated food. 

Double bag all droppings and contaminated items. Throw the bags away and wash your gloves with soap and water before you remove them. Throw the gloves away and then wash your hands thoroughly. 

Contact with diseased rodents, even the droppings they leave behind, can result in serious illness. 

Commercial and Residential Pest Control

Let us handle rodent control in your home or business before it becomes unmanageable. Our extermination process will prevent the spread of disease and reduce fire risk. Professional exterminators safely remove rodents without putting you in danger.

Don’t let the rodent population take over. Call Urban Desert Pest Control in Phoenix, AZ, at (602) 399-9629 upon the first rodent sighting. 

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