Are Cats Good for Rodent Control

Are you one of those who think having a cat around can make you confident that your home or field is rodent-free? 

Rodents are one dangerous pest. They live in and around our farm fields and homes; eating anything man or his livestock eats makes it a threat to our health and interferes with our physical well-being.

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What You Should Know About Rodents

Rats are closely linked to man as they found their basic needs like food, shelter, and water in humans; no doubt man will be followed all around. Thus, rodents are a community problem that badly needs a solution. Since rats and mice crawl and hide in tiny cracks and places, it is hard to catch and confine their movement. They are also known to be more active at night when most of us are asleep.

  • They are destructive pests and severe safety hazards. Because they eat almost everything, including electric wires, they can cause a fire that can burn your house.
  • They can cause infection and diseases with their urine, feces, and hair. Leptospirosis is a very known disease contracted from the urine of infected rats.
  • They destroy everything by nibbling and burrowing, including buildings, furniture, and even appliances.
  • They transmit disease to people and other animals through their bites, fleas, lice, mites, and ticks. Some diseases caused by rodents are infectious jaundice, rat mite dermatitis, hantavirus, trichinosis, bubonic plague, rat bite fever, salmonellosis, pulmonary fever, and typhus. They can also transmit disease through food contamination.

Cats for Rodent Control?

Some people see cats as rodent control. Cats were known to be light-footed and nocturnal, which means they only needed little light to see and hunt their prey. With rodents being active at night, cats became their perfect nemesis. Cats were known to be rodent exterminators for at least 10,000 years. They first worked from the first farmers who stored grain that attracted rodents. Since then, they have been rat catchers at New York bodegas, Disneyland, and ships during World War II. But cats are not reliable enough. They can’t kill rats fast and are so playful that sometimes they find mice as toys. They invite mice inside homes instead of killing them.

However, eradicating a mouse infestation and eliminating the odd mouse are two entirely different tasks. In general, cats are not in charge of preventing rodent infestations or keeping buildings rodent-free. The best thing we can do for the cat and its role in maintaining mice under control is to acknowledge that a cat might be lucky enough to catch and kill a mouse that has just entered the house. If the mouse is a pregnant female mouse, the cat has started a potential infestation.

What’s Next?

To save your furniture, appliances, and home from future damage caused by rodents and playful cats, contact Facility Pest Control to bring you the best and latest pest control technology. We are dedicated to delivering high-quality and the best service possible while helping families and businesses ensure their health and properties are free of dangerous pests.