Rodents can cause devastating damage to your home and your family’s health if left unchecked. Mice and rats especially are known for chewing through electrical wires, spoiling food, and carrying dangerous diseases and parasites like fleas, ticks, and tapeworms.
Often, the first sign of a rodent infestation is their droppings – small, hard black or brown pellets. As soon as you find droppings, hear scrabbling in the walls, or see a flash of grey fur out of the corner of your eye it’s time to call West Termite, Pest & Lawn about a rodent control plan. Rodents tend to stay put once they find a warm, safe place to nest – so the longer you wait to call, the worse your infestation will become.
Identifying Your Rodent Problem
There are a few telltale signs to identify that your residence has a rodent problem. Rats and mice typically keep themselves unseen so if you do happen to see one out of the corner of your eye it is safe to assume that they already have a nest set up somewhere.
When Should I Call A Professional Technician?
You always have the option of the DIY approach when it comes to rodent extermination. However, if you have exhausted your resources, tried traps and repellents, or simply don’t want to deal with it personally, it is time to call a professional rodent control company. At West Termite, we not only get rid of your rodent problem but also take steps to see that it stays resolved.
Do I Have a Rodent Infestation?
Obviously, if you see a mouse or rat in your home, you know that you’ve had an invasion. What you don’t know is if this is a one-time sighting or if it’s a sign of a larger infestation. If you see more than one rodent in your home over the course of a few months or a year, it’s time to call in a professional.
But you don’t have to see a rodent to guess that you might have an infestation. Unexplained noises, droppings, and gnaw marks are all indicators that you may be sharing your home with a nest of rodents.
Inspect Your Home
If you suspect you have rodents, the next step is to conduct an inspection. Once you know how big your problem really is, you can make a decision about how to treat it. Using a flashlight, inspect areas of your home that are dark or out of the way – like behind appliances, in cupboards, in closet corners, in the attic and under the house (so long as you have safe and easy access!)
You may see a mouse or a rodent, or you may find some of these telltale signs if you’re experiencing an infestation:
- Urine Odors
- Gnawed Holes
- Rub and Gnaw Marks
- Rodent Runways
- Rodent Nests
- Scampering Noises
- Unusual Pet Behavior
If you find any of these signs of a rodent infestation, call West Termite, Pest & Lawn immediately. The longer you wait, the worse your situation will get, and a large-scale infestation of your home can cause serious damage or pose health risks to your family.
How Did This Happen?
A rodent infestation can (and does) happen to just about anyone. Rodents often use small holes along the foundation, windows, or walls of your home to enter In search of shelter, heat, or easily accessible food. If they’re not sealed, even drainage pipes can become a passageway for rodents – and other pests! Depending on the species of your rodent, they may tend to migrate indoors only during cold seasons while other species arrive all year round.
How Can I Prevent a Rodent Infestation?
Although no house is really “mouse-proof” there are many steps you can take to discourage them from taking up residence in your home. Keep your home picked up and your floors clean. This gives rodents fewer places to hide and feel safe. And keeping the floors free of crumbs lets them know there isn’t enough food to sustain them.
Mice and rats also like to nibble through grain bags in the pantry – so try keeping your food in airtight containers. This also reduces the smell, which can keep food secret from little rodent noses.
But even if you take all of these precautions and more, unless the entry points are found and sealed, infestations are likely to occur. West Termite doesn’t just exterminate the offending rodents, we also offer long term rodent control solutions that work year-round to keep your house safe, healthy, and rodent free!
Do I Need Professional Rodent Control?
If you have a one-time rodent sighting, it’s perfectly possible that a trip to the hardware store can solve your problem. However, there are some things you should take into consideration when choosing between extermination options:
- They can’t solve a larger problem – traps, sticky paper, and poison may take care of individual mice, but they do not take care of an infestation at its source. Because they multiply so quickly, rodents can keep up with your kill rate without even trying. If you’re having to kill more than one mouse every year or so, call West Termite, Pest & Lawn
- They can cause more problems – many mouse and rat baits or poisons contain chemicals that can be harmful for your family. Pets and small children are especially susceptible because they’re more likely to lick it, pick it up, or put it in their mouths. These chemicals can also aggravate symptoms of respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD, or bronchitis.
- You need to know your rodents – there are many different species of both mice and rats and they all have slightly different mating cycles, sleeping habits, and behavior patterns. Some may be too big or too small for the traps you pick out. If you’ve never seen the rodents you’re trying to exterminate, it will be difficult to select the correct trap.
If you have seen a rodent in your home, or you suspect that you have a rodent invasion, contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn. We’ll send a rodent control specialist to your home to inspect the property and come up with an appropriate rodent control plan. We also offer annual services if your home is prone to rodent invasion.