East Cooper residents have seen an increase in traffic, construction, and the general population over the past several years. New roads and new homes that are needed to accommodate the population growth has caused an issue with the wildlife that may have once lived in these wooded areas. The song Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell, which was later covered by Counting Crows, really says it all….

“They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot……”

All these things mean something different to East Cooper Termite and Pest Solutions…RODENTS. These furry little “friends” will start looking for places to live when their habitats are destroyed. They think your home is a great place to live. The insulated crawlspace, attic, garage, and wall voids may become a residence for the Norway or the Roof Rat. The White-footed Mouse may also show up to nibble on items in your home.

Rats and mice are very troublesome pests. They have caused more deaths than all the wars in history. They harbor lice and fleas that can cause serious diseases such as trichinosis, typhus, infectious jaundice, and even bubonic plague.

Rats and other rodents also cause considerable damage to property. They contaminate food, destroy crops, and cause almost 1 billion dollars in damage in the United States each year. Residents in the East Cooper area have seen rats chew through electrical and plumbing lines as they navigate their way through attics and crawlspaces. They create entries into the home by gnawing holes in foundation vents, soffits, or garage drywall. They climb trees or walls and make their way onto the roof where they look for access to an attic. They are able to squeeze into a hole the size of a quarter to enter your home. Once inside, they leave droppings or unwanted smells wherever they may travel.

Take some time to inspect your foundation vents for holes or broken screens. Inspect the gable vents in your attic to make sure rodents cannot enter your attic space. Surprisingly, rodents often gain entry to a crawlspace under an air conditioning unit or through a rusty crawlspace access door. East Cooper Termite and Pest Solutions can help with a FREE rodent inspection. Be proactive and eliminate your rodent problem before they are in your home long enough to cause damage or contaminate your living areas. We can seal potential entry points to keep these unwanted pests out of your home.