Rodent Control

About Rats & Mice

Rodents such as mice and rats are social creatures, which means they almost never invade a home by themselves. Once rodents find a good source of warmth, security, and food they will make a nest and begin breeding quickly. This is why it is imperative to call a pest professional as soon as you see a rodent, so that you can make sure that the infestation doesn’t get out of control.

According to the CDC rodents can carry a wide variety of different diseases that they can directly transmit to humans, including:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Lassa Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Plague
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • South American Arenaviruses
  • Tularemia

The Infestation

Not all rodents have diseases, however they can still be a nuisance around your home as they chew everything in sight. It is not uncommon to find chewed electrical cords and food containers when rodents have invaded a home. Rodents will chew through practically anything when trying to get to food. They will even chew through a wall if they think there is food on the other side.

Rodents don’t have to chew a very large hole to gain entrance to areas because they can squeeze through tiny holes. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel while rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half-dollar. Rodents will usually gain access to a home or building through a very small gap or hole that has gone unnoticed. Removal services that we offer include making sure that any gaps or holes in your home or business are filled or fixed. Our pest experts will do an inspection to better understand how the rodents have gotten into your home so that they can fix it.

Where To Find Them?

Below is a list of common areas that may be allowing rodents access to your home because of some sort of unnoticed damage:

  • Around doors.
  • Around the fireplace.
  • Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines.
  • Around the pipes going to water heaters and furnaces.
  • Around floor vents and dryer vents.
  • Between the floor and wall juncture
  • In the basement or crawl space and floor drains of the basement or laundry room
  • Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves.
  • Inside closets near the floor corners
  • Inside the attic.

Close Entry Ways

Small holes and gaps should be patched with steel wool which is kept in place with caulking around the edges. Larger holes can be fixed with metal sheeting, cement, lath metal or screen, or hardware cloth. Flashing can also be used around the base of the home to prevent entry.

Places where rodents are getting into your home might also be found outside the home in places like:

  • Around doors.
  • Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines.
  • Around the foundation
  • Around windows.
  • Attic vents and crawl space vents.
  • In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves.
  • Under doors.

There’s No Place for Pest, Call Now!

Richardson Pest Control would be happy to not only rid of rodents in your home, but also secure it from future invasions as well. Just give us a call to schedule your free consultation.

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