Mice Like Snug Homes Like Yours
Mice, rats, and rodents eat and contaminate food, damage buildings and other property by their gnawing and burrowing, and can spread diseases that affect people and pets.
The presence of rats can be detected by droppings or evidence of fresh gnawing. Tracks can be seen in mud and on dusty surfaces. Runways and burrows may be found next to buildings, along fences, and under low vegetation and debris.
Vegetable gardens, compost piles, and access to food storage help mice survive in residential areas.
The most successful and permanent form of rat control is to “build them out” by making their access to structures impossible. Ideally, all places where food is stored, processed or used should be rodent-proof. Store bulk foods, bird seed and dry pet food in metal cans with tight-fitting lids.
Trapping is also an effective method of control. It is the preferred method in homes, garages and other structures where only a few mice are present. Trapping has several advantages: 1) it does not rely on inherently hazardous poisons; 2) it permits the user to determine if the rat was killed and 3) it allows for disposal of rat carcasses, thus eliminating odor problems that may occur when poisoning is done within buildings. However, trapping is useless if the procedures to prevent reinfestation are not followed.
Call us to discuss your infestation and the best method for taking care of the problem quickly!