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Professional Mice, Rat, And Rodent Pest Control
In Cincinnati, you will find many different species of rats. There are all kinds of species of rats throughout the United States, but of all these, there are only two that commonly invade structures. These would be the roof rats and the Norway rats. Like mice, rats are considered commensal rodents, meaning that share similar traits with humans. The Norway rat might be the bigger of the two species, but some other distinct characteristics make the roof rat stand out. These characteristics would be:
- They have a body length of seven to nine inches
- Their coats are coarse with shaggy brown hairs
- They possess blunt noses with pointed tips
- Their tails measure anywhere from six to eight inches long
- Their droppings are usually capsule shape and blunt on the ends
Both a good and bad thing is that the telltale signs of an infestation are similar to that of mice infestation. While this makes it much easier to determine whether or not you are dealing with an infestation, it does make it all that much harder to tell what type of infestation you’re dealing with. Some of the common signs of an infestation would be droppings near the structure, gnaw marks, burrows, track and rub marks, grease smears.
Here are some characteristics that you’ll want to note with the Norway rat.
- They have bodies that there anywhere from six to eight inches in length
- Their fur is also brown, but it is smooth
- Their noses are also pointed but not as blunt
- The tails of these creatures are anywhere from seven to ten inches in length
- The droppings of the critter are ½ inch long with pointed ends
How To Prevent Rodent Infestation?
Elimination of clutter is a must and this doesn’t just apply to junk in and around the home. You’ll also have to get your grass and shrubs neatly trimmed and clipped. Here is a quick recap of the best ways to prevent a rodent infestation:
- Start by sealing off all openings on the outside of the structure, including the smallest of cracks and crevices
- Remove trash from the home regularly and keep it stored in air-tight containers
- All food should also be stored in air-tight containers with appropriate lids
- All standing water should be eliminated from the property
- Crumbs and spills should be immediately cleaned
We also recommend sealing all exterior-to-interior openings accessible to rodents, utilizing custom-to-fit plywood or sheet metal.
How Can I Keep Rodents Out Of My Home Once And For All?
Unlike insects, rats, mice, and rodents can chew their way through wood, plastic, fabric, and tin to infiltrate residential and commercial establishments. Utilizing thick metal, steel, or stone will make a solid barrier between your home and rodents.
Seal openings around utility lines, heating and air conditioning ducts, basement vents, entrance door thresholds, and electrical wiring.
It is important to note, rodents will also access homes through unattended pet doors. When you bar your dogs and cats from utilizing their pet doors, it is a good idea to keep them secured. This will eliminate access to rodents into your home. When pet doors are left unattended, you may as well be offering rats and mice invitations into their homes.
Do Mice Pose Health Risks To Humans And Animals?
Yes, mice-borne illnesses are reported throughout the United States. Leptospirosis, salmonellosis, E. coli, Shigella, tularemia, rat-bite fever, and plague are just a few examples of mice-borne illnesses in humans.
Mice and rats have scientifically been linked to about 35 diseases, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since rat infestation is a common problem in our local communities, we highly recommend taking the appropriate action to protect yourself and your family. The first step of the recommend prevention strategy involves an updated non-perishable food storage system. Instead of storing non-refrigerated food products in manufacturing packagings, we recommend transitioning to glass, stainless steel, and plastic-free of BPA, with resealable lids.
Some rodents are even particularly known for spreading fleas and ticks to both pets and humans. What makes mice and rats even more troubling than most other critters is their front teeth. These creatures have long front teeth that are constantly growing. To help combat the growth, they are constantly having to gnaw on something. This is why these creatures are constantly gnawing and one of the early warning signs is to look for gnaw marks. And, they’ll virtually gnaw on anything they can get at.
The First Level Of Defense Is Prevention!
Experts believe homes with strong rodent barriers – the structural components responsible for keeping insect, rodent, and human intruders out of your home. Doors, windows, walls, ceilings, flooring, roofing systems, and garage doors are just a few examples. Inspect each structural component carefully to ensure it is in great working condition.
Openings around plumbing pipes and electrical wiring are the most common exterior-to-interior passageways utilized by rodents to infiltrate residential and commercial establishments. We recommend some type of metal sheeting, stainless steel pot scrubbers, and fasteners to seal rodent passageways into your home.
What Are The Most Common Signs Of A Rat Infestation?
Knowing the signs of a rat or mice infestation is vital for early detection. As you should know by now, early detection can help minimize the physical and financial damage caused by pest infestations. It only makes sense, the longer pets are permitted to remain undetected in your home, the more severe the problem will become. Before you know, a few rats will turn into a colony of rats, resulting in a full-blown infestation.
Do you have any experience with pest infestation? If so, you know nothing positive comes from pest infestation. In fact, there is significant damage linked to pest infestation, reported each year in the United States. Some victims have reported thousand-dollar repair bills due to undetected rodent and insect infestation.
The most common signs of a rat infestation include the following:
- Gnaw marks on furniture, structural components, and other items
- Damaged manufacturing food packagings
- Unusual openings near utility pipes
- Fecal droppings near trash bins, on countertops, dining tables, kitchen sinks, underneath appliances, and in pantries
- Audible sounds (squeaking noise)
- Damaged clothing, upholstery, and drapery
- Live rats scurrying around in the dark
- Damaged electrical wiring
- Nests constructed from household materials
- Holes in exterior walls
When Is The Best Time To Call In The Professionals?
There are no rules or regulations when it comes to determining the best time to seek professional assistance with mice and rodent infestation. We believe consumers should make up their own minds. When they are fed up with being victimized by rodents, they can reach out to our extermination team. We employ the best exterminators in the nation. We can guarantee our clients, their assets, family, and pets are 100 percent protected from dangerous chemical pesticide exposure.
Our rat, mice, and rodent treatment protocol prohibit the use of chemical pesticides in homes occupied by humans and/or pets. Our goal is to have the impacted home vacated several hours prior to each treatment.
What Is The Most Effective Rat Extermination Strategy?
Our professional rat management is guaranteed to offer the best outcome in the shortest duration, without compromising the client’s health and the environment. We combine industrial-strength rat bait with high-quality adhesive traps into a custom pest control plant.
Our exterminators welcome your input and assistance throughout the pest control process. We firmly believe customer involvement is key to achieving a successful rat control strategy.
Will DIY Rat Control Offer Relieve For An Infestation?
No, an infestation is the most severe rat problem of all time. An infestation can involve dozens, hundreds, or thousands of resilient rats. By now, you should know, the more rats involved, the more severe the infestation. The only solution in these cases is an industrial-strength rat bait strategy. To learn more about our pest control services, contact our local office via landline, email, or social media.
Does Rat Bait Contain Dangerous Chemicals?
Conventional rat bait does contain chemicals that may be toxic when improperly handled, stored, transported, and administered. Unfortunately, over-the-counter rat bait products are standard-grade, making them only suitable for minor rat problems.
How Do I Schedule A Home Rat Inspection?
We accept pest control service requests via phone, email, and social media. Do not hesitate to schedule your free home inspection, with a consultation today.