No matter how tiny they are, rodents (rats, mice) have the capability to wreak havoc at your home. Not only are they irritating, but they can cause a lot of material damage and health issues. Rodents can chew up things at your home, spoil food, spread a number of diseases and inflame or create allergies. So, before they find access to your home and start making trouble, it is vital to rodent proof your home.
Rats and mice are not only a nuisance but can also cause property damage and transmit diseases that pose a threat to public health. You’ll know they’ve arrived if you see rodent droppings near a food source or shredded fabric or paper. If you identify rogue rodents, there are several steps to take to ensure permanent removal of these pests.
Mice and Rats contaminate food with their droppings and urine. They spread such diseases as salmonella bacteria (food poisoning), leptospirosis and typhus. As well, they carry parasites such as fleas, roundworms, and mites. A bite inflicted by a mouse or rat should receive prompt medical attention.
Removing rodents with traps or poisons will not keep rodents out of your property in the future. The easiest way to permanently keep rats and mice out of your home or business is to prevent access by sealing all entry points.
- Holes near cabinets, closets or doors leading to outside or to crawl spaces
- Holes around sink or appliance pipes.
- Cracked foundations in the basement or unscreened ventilation holes in the attic, especially in older structures.
- Holes around windows or missing screens in vents or crawl spaces under your property.
Our technician shall perform an extensive inspection for possible rodent entry points. It’s important that after five to seven days you seal these openings to prevent rodents from entering you structure. This will give time for rodents in your home to exit, though it is possible for rodent to die in your home.
Our technician may use glue boards (sticky traps) to catch mice quickly and trap any ticks or fleas on their body. He will tell you where he placed these; check them every day for two weeks. After two weeks if the mice are gone you may discard them, if you find they have caught a mouse, fold the board in half and discard in a plastic bag in your outside trash.
The technician may place poison bait inside your home to kill rodents. This bait will be in a tamper resistant, labeled black bait box, or placed in an area where children and pets cannot access the bait.