If you’re a property owner, the last thing you want to deal with is a rodent infestation. Rats and mice inside of homes or businesses are gross, can ruin reputations, and cause destruction. Seeing just one rodent inside your property may indicate a bigger problem, which is why it’s important to call the rodent exterminators at Pest Defense Solutions as soon as you see one!
Common Questions About Rats & Mice
Rats and mice share many similar characteristics and habits. One of the main things they share in common is their ever-growing incisor teeth. However, they differ in several ways too:
- Mice are typically 2-4 inches in length (5-7 tail included). Some rats can measure up to 9 inches long (minus the tail).
- Rats have larger feet, a thick and hairless tail, and small ears.
- Most mice have larger ears and a long thin tail covered with hairs.
- Mice breed more rapidly and defecate more frequently.
A small rodent problem can quickly become a full-blown infestation due to the fact that they breed so rapidly. Rats reach sexual maturity at just 3 or 4 months, meaning that a population can swell from two rats to around 1,250 in one year, with the potential to grow exponentially. Mice, on the other hand, can have up to 10 litters containing up to 14 pups in each.
Rodents typically don’t want to be near you, but they can occasionally bite in defense. Rats will bite you if they feel threatened, even going so far to lunge. This defensive bite is rare, but can have serious repercussions. Rat saliva in some species carries dangerous diseases such as leptospirosis and Hantavirus. In even more rare circumstances, bite victims may contract rat-bite fever or tetanus infections. Seek professional medical attention as soon as possible when bit by a rat or mouse, especially if you are exhibiting symptoms.
Rats and mice can gain entry into your property at a number of points:
- House mice can squeeze through openings the size of a dime around utility pipes, through door screens, and more.
- Roof rats are excellent climbers and rats can jump from overhanging trees to access roof lines and attics.
- Norway rats enter homes using gaps around dryer vents, utility pipes, exterior doors, and garage doors.
When they get indoors, rodents will gravitate toward dark, secluded areas. As omnivores, rats and mice will eat anything and are especially attracted to food sources like grains, meat, birdseed, pet food, and garbage debris. Leaky faucets and dripping pipes provide rodents the water needed for survival. Compost piles and pet waste debris in yards are another food source that often draws rats and mice to your property.
Rodent exclusion is the key to preventing a rat or mouse problem inside your property. Our top tips include:
- Eliminating access to your home and removing the food and water resources that attract them.
- Sealing gaps and holes around utility cables, outdoor vents or pipe work with steel wool or silicone-based caulk.
- Keeping your home clean and free of clutter, and use tight fitting lids on trash bins.
- Picking up fallen fruit outdoors, cleaning up around bird feeders, removing leaf litter, and picking up pet waste.
Rodents are considered to be dangerous pests due to their ability to carry and spread more than 35 diseases. These diseases include antavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia and Salmonella. These diseases can be spread to humans directly by handling live or dead rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, and through rodent bites. Additionally, the droppings and urine of house mice and rats contain allergens that can trigger rhinitis in susceptible individuals.
Rodent problems are known to be difficult to control without the help of an expert. Glue traps, mouse traps, and other DIY control methods may be a short-term solution for a single rodent or two, but an infestation is difficult to control. In addition to getting rid of the problem, a professional rodent exterminator can help prevent future infestations in your home.
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Why Use a Mice Exterminator?
When it comes to rats and mice, it’s always recommended to call a rodent exterminator for quick and effective extermination services. In addition to simply being a nuisance, rodents carry filth and possibly disease. Rat feces can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions in humans. For this reason alone, it’s best to call a rat exterminator as soon as you notice the signs of an infestation.
Rodent Extermination Methods
If you have a rodent infestation, it’s usually easy to tell. Rats and mice make their presence known with their droppings, gnaw marks, scratching habits, and foul odors. If you notice any of the signs, it’s time to call the rodent removal team at Pest Defense Solutions. The steps in our mice extermination services include:
- A thorough inspection to identify the sources of the infestation
- Discreet placement of traps and monitoring stations for comprehensive rodent control
- Sealing of all entry points as a part of our rodent exclusion tactics
- Creating a report to describe the mice extermination treatment and provide tips on preventing future infestations.
Industry-Leading Rat & Mice Exterminators
As soon as you notice the signs of rats or mice in your property, it’s time to call the rodent exterminators at Pest Defense Solutions. We know how distressing an infestation can be, which is why we implement our rodent removal methods quickly and efficiently.
With more than 15 years of experience, our rodent extermination team can be trusted to keep you and your family safe from rats and mice all year long.
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