No matter what type of rodent problem you face, these pests are always unwanted visitors in the home. Rodents are drawn indoors to seek shelter from the elements and for easy access to food and water. Once they’ve settled in your home or garage, they can quickly reproduce. A single pair of rats or mice can easy turn into an infestation if left alone too long. Contact the rodent removal team at Rid All to limit and prevent future damage.
Here in the Greater Memphis area, the most common rodents include the Norway rat, roof rats and house mice. These rodents differ in appearance and habits, but the methods of rodent control are essentially the same regardless of the critter we’re dealing with.
Signs That You Have a Rodent Infestation
The signs of rodent infestation are similar regardless of the species in question. Rodents are destructive chewers, and you may notice areas that have been gnawed by a burrowing rodent. Other signs include visible droppings, nests of shredded papers and other trash, food containers that have been chewed through and the sound of squeaking or gnawing.
Because rats are bigger, they’ll cause more damage more quickly than mice. This does not make mice less dangerous, however, as they can still carry disease and be a destructive home pest.
Rat and Mouse Control
Whether you need rat removal or mouse control, there are many options available to you. The severity of the infestation and your personal preferences will make a difference in the methods used. Typically the best way to control a rat or mice problem is to prevent them from infiltrating in the first place. There are several things that a Rid All Pest Control specialist and you can do to prevent a rodent problem.
Ways to Prevent a Rat or Mice Infestation:
- Keep the Exterior and Interior of Your House Clean and Sanitary – This must be a continual effort from you to keep clutter and trash away from the exterior of your home, and making sure that areas that are prone to infiltrations, basements, gutters etc., are clean and dry. You want to make sure that you don’t create a livable space for a rodent.
- Sealing Your House and Making Sure the Uninvited Guests Can’t Get In – The most fundamental way of preventing an invasion is to make sure there is no way that the rodents can get in in the first place. This includes making sure that all cracks or openings that lead into your home are larger than ¼ of an inch are sealed, and all doorways and windows close tightly.
Our Rodent Control Methods
If rats or mice have already infiltrated your home, then it is time to call Rid All to control and eliminate the problem. We use a variety of methods depending on the severity of the infestation.
- Trapping – Trapping rats and mice is typically the preferred method of population control. Trapping ensures that we are able to get all of the rats out of your structure.
- Rodenticides – When the problem is widespread or the rodents are being elusive, rodenticides might be needed to eradicate the population. We make sure to use rodenticides that are safe for you and your family. Once the rodenticide has done its work, we will go through your home and remove the rodent population.
Norway Rats Vs. Roof Rats Vs. House Mice
Norway rats are sometimes called brown or sewer rats. These kind of rats burrow near the foundation of buildings, causing potential risk and damage for your home. Norway rats line their nests with trash, cloth, paper and anything they can find. For these rats our exterminators will be looking below your house and in the basement as that is normally where you will find them.
Roof rats are typically darker, and smaller than Norway rats. The easiest way to identify a roof rat is their long tails. A roof rat’s tail is longer than their head and body combined. While Norway rats can live in almost any climate, roof rats prefer warmer, ocean-influence climates. Roof rats, as indicated by their name, prefer to live above the ground in trees, shrubs and other dense vegetation. Our pest control specialist will make sure to check your home’s attic and roof for these critters. Roof rats are commonly confused for house mice because of their smaller size. To tell the difference, a rat’s feet and head will typically be disproportionally large for its body and vice versa for mice.
House Mice have short fur and come in a variety of colors. They are smaller than rats usually maxing out at 20 CM from nose to tip of tail. House Mice can damage both your house and your health. Mice chew on wood and actually leave larger teeth marks than they rat companions. This chewing on wood can cause serious long term damage to your home. House mice are not likely to bite or attack you, however, their feces and urine can contaminate food, and they are known for carrying various diseases.
Contact the Rodent Control Experts at Rid All
If you have a rodent problem, the rodent control experts at Rid All Bug can help. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request a quote for pest control in the Greater Memphis area.