Rats, mice and other pests invade your home looking for the same comforts of home that you do — food, shelter and water. Unfortunately, they are more than an inconvenience. They're a threat to your property, your health and your sense of security. Rodents owe a majority of their survival success to their ability to adapt to different habitats. They are opportunistic food scavengers and will consume most types of food. If a certain food source runs out, they are likely to adapt to a new food source. In addition, they are mostly active just after sunset and just before sunrise – hours during which most people are asleep. These factors make rats and mice difficult to control. Mice can easily find their way indoors. An adult mouse can squeeze through a gap smaller than ½ inch and young mice can gain entrance to buildings through even smaller openings. Of all different types of rodents that pester humans, the mouse is most commonly encountered and causes the most damage.
Mouse Fact - Mice are born explorers. A single mouse can find up to 40 feeding places in only 24 hours.
They are major pests because they are commonly found near human dwellings and are most likely to benefit from human structures, food and waste. They are curious, focused, flexible, tireless, adaptable little creatures and can have a huge negative impact on your home or business. Rats and mice pose an issue for humans living within the same vicinity for a number of reasons. They can:
Rats and mice are both capable of transmitting disease to humans through their hair, droppings and urine. A single mouse can excrete 40 to 100 droppings per day.
Rats and mice might also bite, although it is not common. Sometimes a bite can result in rat-bite fever, a potentially fatal disease if not treated. Some people develop an allergic reaction to the excrement of rats or house mice, which can cause asthma-related symptoms.
In addition to causing disease, food contamination by rats and mice can cause billions of dollars in damage. A single rat can consume about 1 ounce of food per night. Some rat colonies can harbor more than 100 rats.
By their nature, rodents are conditioned to expand their nests. They’ll never stop multiplying, and they’ll chew through everything in order to make more room.
The following signs most definately tell you of an impending disaster of rodent infestation:
Rats and mice are successful breeders. A female rat can reproduce every three weeks, and usually gives birth to about six to 10 young at one time. A female mouse reproduces every three to four weeks and usually gives birth to about five or six young, although sometimes up to 12. This means that both rat and mice colonies can grow large very quickly, although rats only live for about a year. Mice can live up to two or three years under ideal conditions. An integrated pest management approach using a combination of control measures (e.g. improving hygiene, proofing) is necessary in order to gain control of a rodent infestation. Baiting alone is not sufficient. A thorough survey of the infested site before treatment begins is an essential key to success when using any rodenticide. It is important to determine the exact source of the infestation so that the problem can be tackled at source. Typical signs of an infestation are the smudge marks left by a rodent’s oily hair, its droppings and any damage to goods or structures. Draw up a simple site plan or location list identifying areas of particular concern pertinent to the site and retain this on file.
To effectively control rat and mouse problems there are four golden rules which should be followed:
Our approach to mouse control is focused on eliminating infestations and helping our customers avoid infestations. We understand that a rodent problem is a sensitive issue. That’s why our Technicians are trained to exercise absolute discretion and cause the least amount of disruption possible when treating your home or business. Practicing good sanitation is essential for keeping out rats and mice. A mouse needs access to food to survive. By keeping your property clean, you can prevent your indoor environment from becoming attractive to these nuisance creatures.
By adapting faster than rodents, Pest Web keeps you one step ahead of nuisance pests like mice and rats. We will identify intruding rodents, determine the most effective way to get them out of your home and then customize a solution to keep them from coming back. Eviction is guaranteed!