Remove Pest and Rodents with Heat
Rodents are a major problem for structures and their occupants. They can cause physical harm to structures, attract other pests, and spread many of the 200 known diseases which they carry to the occupants. Heat is a natural choice for removing rodents from a structure and for killing the diseases they may leave behind, including the deadly Hantavirus.
Rodents are notorious for causing damage to a structure and its contents. They build nests behind walls and in attics where they store caches of food which may attract other pests into the structure. Their tooth structure causes rodents to gnaw on items, including furniture, electronic wiring and equipment, and clothing, in order to wear down their teeth.
Along with the threat to a structure and its contents there is also a threat to the structure’s occupants. Rodents spread diseases they carry as they wander through a structure at nights searching for food and mates. They will continually drop feces, urine, and hairs which may come into contact with food, utensils, bedding, etc.
Rodents are notorious for spreading many diseases including, but not limited to: plague, typhus, salmonella food poisoning, tularemia, endemic relapsing fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Deer mice were identified as the most important transmitter of Hantavirus. The Center for Disease control reports that 396 cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome have been reported through July 2005, 36% of which have resulted in death.
A person’s first instinct for ridding a structure of rodents may be to kill them. A potential problem with this could be that any carcasses not cleaned up may decay and invite a host of other problems into the structure including pests which feed on the remains which may also cause structural damage and spread diseases and odors as a result of decay. The heat process offers a safe, non-chemical alternative for removing rodents from a structure. Our process will gradually increase the temperature of an infested structure to 150°F causing the rodents to flee the structure. The heating process also kills bacteria and viruses, such as Hantavirus, that may be left behind by the rodents.
The heat process can also aid in the prevention of future infestations. According to a cooperative study conducted between the CDC and US Public Health Service in 1994, rodent infestations decreased by more than 90% in buildings where sources of access into buildings were identified and repaired compared to similar structures which were not repaired. Using thermal imaging cameras during the process a technician is able to identify where heat is exiting the structure and therefore identify possible points of entry for rodents. Once the process is completed these points of entry can be repaired and reduce the chances of future infestation.