Roosevelt Homeowners' Guide To Successful Rodent Control
January 31, 2023 - Rodents
Some pests are more overwhelming to deal with than others, and rodents are a perfect example. They can sneak past tiny cracks and crevices that are hard to locate. Once they get indoors, they will hide in a place you can't access without straining yourself. In the blink of an eye, they will mate and reproduce. Their destructive behaviors and countless germs will stress you out without proper pest control in Roosevelt.
Deer mice and Norway rats are among Roosevelt's most common rodents. Another reason you shouldn't confront these animals alone is that retail products are risky and lacking. That doesn't mean you're out of options, though. Read this guide from Pickett Pest Control to learn how to get rid of mice and rats.
Common Types Of Rodents That Invade Roosevelt Homes
If you have any problems with types of rodents on your property, it will likely be with mice or rats. Thankfully, it is rare for both to invade at the same time. It is most likely a mouse if you spot one 2 to 4 inches long with a slightly hairy tail. If the rodent is a Norway rat, it will average 16 inches in length.
Mice and rats have circular eyes that glisten like beads and snouts that extend out. Many are gray or brown, but a good number are white or black. The underside of their bodies is typically a light color. Generally, mice and rats will only appear during the evening. That said, seeing them during the daytime means there is likely an infestation. Here are things you might notice more quickly:
Squeaking noises and thumps from inside walls
Footprints with four or five toes
Marks from teeth on various things
Rod-shaped fecal pellets with blunt ends
Considering that rodents reside in zones with a lot of trees, grass, and plants, it is not surprising that they gravitate to yards. You may want to be more diligent with keeping your lawn neat. Also, you should evaluate the structural quality of your home. If the foundation is frail or has many vulnerabilities, mice, and rats won't have to struggle to get in. They'll even crawl through gaps along your roof.
Mice and rats prefer dark spaces and are attracted to warmth and moisture. With this in mind, you may find them in your attic. These pests are known for being in basements and garages, too.
Rodents Can Spread Disease And Damage Property
Rodents stay in pursuit of food, water, and humidity, and of course, they won't avoid a place because it is unsanitary. These pests will eagerly run through a drainage tunnel, sewer, public dumpster, or similar. In the end, they will come in contact with a multitude of bacteria and other pathogens and pick up parasites on their bodies. Once they enter your home, there's a huge chance of spreading these to your tabletops, counters, shelves, desks, and other surfaces. More significantly, microbes can get in your food, which could lead to you or someone else contracting illnesses like hantavirus, salmonellosis, or lymphocytic choriomeningitis.
As it pertains to damage, house rodents will gnaw on anything to control the growth of their teeth. The situation can become critical if they bite foundations, pipes, or cables. You could have to manage cosmetic ruin, a plumbing ordeal, or an electrical fire.
Five Easy Yet Effective Rodent Exclusion Tips For Around The House
It's a challenge blocking rodents from coming in, but there are practical steps you can take. Mice and rats have lithe bodies and sharp teeth to help them get in openings half an inch around. Try these five things to prevent that:
Take out and discard plastic or rubber used to plug holes. Rodents can bite through it. Instead, try steel wool or sheet metal.
Take your trash out frequently, and make sure the cans and barrels have tight-fitting lids.
Put in metal screens or plates for vents and windows.
Keep all food in sturdy, airtight containers.
Contact Pickett Pest Control for further assistance.
Don't waste your money purchasing commercial pesticides and traps for rodents. These products aren't intended for infestations and may have hazardous components and ingredients.
The Most Effective Rodent Control Method For Roosevelt Homes
We at Pickett Pest Control have safe methods for dealing with rodents in Utah. Our treatments, traps, and exclusion tools are advanced, and we'll manage your rodent infestation safely and effectively. Request a free quote when you call us today.