Mice and Rats
Rodents are one of the most notorious pests that plague both homes and businesses alike. These destructive pests can pose a challenge to anyone trying to get rid of them.
Common problems with rodents:
Leaving droppings and urine
Chewing on wires
Nesting in walls or attics
Frightening family members
Destroying items stored in the attic
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Rodents are known for eating almost anything. They can be frequently found in unsecured trashcans or pantries. Rodents will also eat from bird feeders and outside pet bowls. When they seek out sources of water, they will choose something close. Often times, rodents in attics will lick the condensation off of pipes so they don't have to go much farther for water.
Rodents are masters of getting into just about anywhere. Their sharp teeth can rip open most materials, even thin sheet metal. They will make their nests just about anywhere, including brush piles, rotting logs, in walls and attics, and anywhere else they can fit. If they can find a small hole on the outside of a home, they will chew on it until the hole is big enough for them to gain access to the interior of the home. These pests will use any materials to make their nests. Organic material such as leaves and sticks, as well as bit of insulation and pieces of anything nearby, like items stored in attics.
Rodent Removal and Prevention
While rodent removal can seem easy, with the number of easily available rodent traps on the market. However, these traps can be inhumane, contain toxic chemicals, or are ineffective. Without the proper knowledge on how to use them, they may not catch a single rat. Professionals are trained to notice small details that will let them determine the best places to put traps and the most effective baits, allowing them to get rid of the pests faster.
Both rats and mice are determined and if just a few, will likely go unnoticed in your attic until they move out. When they are few in numbers, they typically don't cause too much destruction or disturbances. However, those numbers can quickly go up if not dealt with in time.
Preventing rodents is a difficult task. However, there are a few things you can do to help minimize the risk of rodents being attracted to your home. Don't leave any sources of food in the open. Make sure food in your pantries and cabinets are securely stores to lessen the chance of attracting pests. Routinely inspect your home, both inside and out for any signs of damage or rodents. The sooner the problem is dealt with, the less expensive the bill will be.
If you notice any damage/holes or suspect rodents may have made their way into your home, don't hesitate to contact us. We can help determine what the problem is and offer a free estimate and/or inspection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I buy a repellent or a sound emitter to drive them off?
A: No! While there are a number of chemical or urine based repellent on the market, they are only effective in specific circumstances and when used by professionals. Noise deterrents, or sonic sound emitters, also will not work. These devices are a scam. If animals are not bothered by the sounds of cars or people, they won't be bothered by sound emitters.
Q: Can't I just do it myself/have my handyman do it?
A: It's not advised. Wildlife can pose many dangers. Without proper protective gear, wild animals can attack and injure people or transfer diseases via fecal matter or bites/scratches. When trapping or exclusion are done improperly, it can lead to many problems down the road, such as animals being trapped inside walls/attic, other animals taking up residence, and, even worse damage to your home, which can lead to expensive bills down the road.
We take pride in every job we do. That's why we have a Lifetime Guarantee on all our repairs. Wildlife won't be able to get past our repairs, and if they somehow do, we will come back and make things right, for free. Don't put yourself or your family in danger. Leave wildlife removal to the professionals.