You may have loved the Pixar movie Ratatouille and even cheered on Remy, the talented little rat-chef who mobilized his family and friends to save a restaurant. In your own kitchen, however, you would consider rats, mice, or any other members of the rodent family as disgusting, disease-carrying intruders and make a call to a professional exterminator to get them out, fast! And with good reason.
The Dangers Of Mice
Brown house mice only weigh ½ ounce, but can do considerable damage in a home as they seek food and water. Able to enter your home through any opening greater than ¼’, they nibble their way through any food they find and contaminate both the food and the food-preparation surfaces they scamper across with feces. Mice have an acute sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch, so they are very good at finding food sources. Putting your food up high will not stop these determined creatures, as they can jump 13″ from the floor to a flat surface, run up rough vertical surfaces, and even cross horizontal wires or cables. Though particularly fond of cereal, they will eat many types of food.
When mice aren’t scavenging for food, they are nesting in your home and breeding. An adult female may have a litter of hungry babies every 21 days. The babies are mature in 6-10 weeks and live an average of 9-12 months.
The Horrors Of Rats
Both mice and rats have reached new population heights in some areas, as the pests move from regions with drought conditions to ones with more moisture. Like mice, rats take up residence in kitchens, garbage refuse areas, roof voids, under concrete, and in sub-floors, as they prepare to invade your pantry.
Rats take the unseemly characteristics of mice to a whole they new level. They have incisor teeth that are constantly growing, so they are constantly gnawing on hard objects. When they feast on electrical cable, they can cause electrical fires. They are incontinent, so in addition to feces, they leave a trail of urine where they have been to guide them at night. What makes them even more dangerous is that they will attack humans and bite them, especially on the face.
See A Rat Or Mouse? Pest Control Solutions That May Minimize The Situation
Keeping food preparation and storage areas clean will discourage rodents from entering your home, but you will need to “rodent proof” your home by closing entry points and controlling the population. You may find glue and spring traps useful, but when you see trails of feces and evidence of gnawing from a rat and mouse, pest control from professionals is the only lasting solution.
Professional Rodent Control Measures
Professional rodent control may use a combination of trapping and extermination through baiting. Trapping is often less effective, as neither mice nor rats will hesitate to chew off a body part or eat another rodent to escape a trap. They can also sense if a trap has been touched by humans. Using poison is particularly effective; as the pests cannot regurgitate what they eat, they will die after eating it.
If you need rodent control for rats or mice, pest control from Budget Pest Control can solve your problem quickly and safely. We will assess your infestation, and recommend a plan for one-time or continuing treatment. If we suggest baiting, the remedies we use will be safe for humans and pets. Call Budget Pest Control at (303) 790-7378 for effective rodent control measures.