It has been estimated that up to 20 percent of undetermined fires in the United States each year are caused by rodent damage to electrical wiring. What to do if you are suffering from a rodent infestation:
1. Eliminate the rodents from your home.
This might include enlisting the help of a professional. Don’t let this drag on; rodents constantly chew. The longer you let them live in your walls and attic, the more damage they’ll cause.
2. Call an electrician to check for and repair any damage.
Any frayed or chewed wires could easily start a fire, a fire that might not be quickly detectable if it’s behind the walls or in the attic.
3. Read up on your renter’s/homeowner’s insurance policy.
Generally, they exclude any infestations, but you might want to check to see if some of the costly repairs are covered. In the event of fire damage, that will probably be covered in the policy.
Don’t wait. Get your rodent infestation under control today — many rodents carry diseases and cause additional structural damage to homes, without even considering the fires or rodent damage to electrical wiring.