How Can Rodents Start A Fire in Your Home?

residential pest control servicesWhen it comes to residential pest control services, you can never be too safe. Many people are under the impression that the worst thing any unwanted creature could do if it makes its way into your home is cause you annoyance and maybe some cleanliness issues, when in reality, that’s the least they can do. Most people are unaware that unwanted rodents like rats and mice can actually chew on the electrical wiring components in your home and start a fire. In fact, an estimated 25 percent of all fires attributed to “unknown causes” are probably started by rodents chewing on gas lines, electrical wiring and matches. But how does this happen, and how can you stop it?

Put simply, rodents chew on wires because they chew on everything. Their teeth are continuously growing and must be consistently filed through regular chewing and gnawing. If their teeth get too long, they can actually become unable to eat and starve to death. Rats, mice, and squirrels will chew almost anything — even metal pipes — so nothing is off limits when it comes to rodents.

How do the fires actually start? There are a couple of ways. Once the plastic insulation covering the electrical wiring is thoroughly chewed through, the wiring is left exposed and can easily overheat. From there, wires can short circuit and cause a spark, or just heat up and ignite something else. What usually happens is dust and debris get ignited from the hot exposed metal and start a fire.

How can this be prevented? Just keep rodents away from your home. Easier said than done, of course, but with the help of residential pest control services, your home can become rodent proof and eliminate the risk of a rodent-related electrical fire. Mice can enter through holes as small as a quarter inch, so in most cases, contacting a professional and high quality pest control service is the best way to go. Whether you already have a rodent infestation or you’re simply taking precautions, residential pest control services can help you through every step of the process from removing critters from your home, or making sure they won’t come back by sealing every crack in your home. If you have any doubts, get in touch with a professional exterminator as soon as possible.

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