Rodent Pest Control | Rats and Mice
Rodents can frighten even the “toughest” human, especially when one scurries across the floor inside your home! Rats and mice can be found in and around every town and farm in the country. It is estimated that there is one rat for every person living in the United States. Rats and mice have followed man to almost all parts of the world. They have no respect for social class; they are equal opportunity pests. Rats and mice are so closely linked to man they are called domestic rodents. Man supplies their three basic needs: food, shelter, and water.
Signs of Rats and Mice
Usually, the first clue of a serious rodent problem is their droppings on the kitchen counter, in kitchen drawers, cabinets, or the pantry. When one dwelling is infested, it's likely the immediate neighborhood is, too. That's why rats and mice are so difficult for one homeowner to control. Rodents are a community problem. Effective control necessitates that all homeowners in a community work together to eliminate sources of food, water, and shelter. Mice and rats are persistent in their efforts to invade the home, but you can deal with them effectively if you know their capabilities. Of course, the best approach to ridding your home, neighborhood, or business of these pests is to contact one of our trained rat or mice pest professionals!
Are Mice and Rats a Health Risk?
Rodents are a threat to health, and they interfere with our economic and physical wellbeing.
- Rats and mice are destructive pests and serious safety hazards.
- They start fires by gnawing on electric cables. The next time you hear the phrase "fire of unknown origin," think about rats and mice.
- They eat large amounts of food, and they contaminate even more with their urine, feces, and hair. At least 20 percent of the world's food is eaten or contaminated by rats and mice each year.
- They damage structures, books, furniture, even appliances, through gnawing and burrowing.
- Worse, they spread disease to humans and other animals through their bite, by transporting fleas, lice, mites and ticks, and by leaving their droppings in food and other materials that humans contact. Rodents are vectors for bubonic plague, rat bite fever, leptospirosis, hantavirus, trichinosis, infectious jaundice, rat mite dermatitis, salmonellosis, pulmonary fever, and typhus. Mice have been linked to asthma.
- Rats will bite babies in their cribs, because the smell of milk or other food on the baby is attractive to a rat looking for food. A clean baby in a clean crib is a lot safer from rat attack. To protect your baby, take the bottle away as soon it's finished, and wash its hands and face. Do the same for any disabled or elderly persons in your household who cannot care for themselves.
Where do Rats and Mice live?
They can reside in many areas inside the home, including:
- In the insulation of walls or ceilings
- Inside the crawl spaces
- Behind or under cupboards, counters, bathtubs and shower stalls
- Near hot water heaters and furnaces
- In basements, attics and wherever things are stored in boxes, paper or cloth
Outside your home provides many areas that rodents can sometimes be found. These areas include:
- Under wood piles or lumber that is not being used often
- Under bushes, vines and in tall grasses that are not trimmed or cut back
- Under rocks in the garden
- In cars, appliances and furniture that has been put outside and is no longer being used
- In and around trash and garbage that has been left on the ground
- In holes under buildings
Why are These Rodents in my House?
Several things can bring rodents into your yard and neighborhood. Garbage that they can get into, like garbage cans with loose lids is a prime attractant. In addition, plastic or paper bags and litter will attract them. Other attractants can include:
- Food for pets and birds that has not been eaten. Birdseed on the ground, pet food in pet dishes, breadcrumbs, etc.
- Fruits and berries that have fallen to the ground.
- Compost pile or worm bin that isn't taken care of the right way (do not put meat, fish, poultry, or dairy in the compost)
- Dog droppings
What do these rodents like to eat once they’re inside your home? THE SAME FOODS THAT WE LIKE!
- Foods, fats, oils that have been spilled and left on counters, floors, appliances and tables
- Grains, like cereal, oats, rice and vegetables like potatoes and carrots that are in cardboard boxes and plastic bags
- Pet food in boxes or bags
- Any garbage that is not in a can with a tight lid
If you determine that you have a rodent problem, either inside or outside your home or business, please contact one of our professionally trained and licensed pest professionals located in your area. Our pest control specialists can determine the severity of your problem and outline a plan to help you get rid of these unwanted pests!