Much of the time, it does not occur to our clients that as a pest control company, we handle nearly any type of pest that you would experience in your home. While much of the time this means that we are taking care of numerous types of bugs, we also help out customers make sure there are not rodents overtaking their business of their homes on a regular basis. The issues with rodents taking over your home are that it can progress extremely quickly if the problem is not addressed as soon as it begins. Rodents can be just as pesky as bugs, if not more so as they can do extreme damage to a living or working space if they are given the time to do so. When it comes to protecting your home or business, being able to rely on a trustworthy pest removal company is imperative. Continue reading below to discover how Earthwise Pest Management can help you to ensure that your home and business remain free of rats and mice, ensuring your health and the health of others.

Rodent Control Services

One of the most important things to remember about rodents is that they populate extremely quickly. Where there is one, there is likely many more. This is why we try to urge our customers to call us as soon as one rodent appears, as it is likely they will see much more soon. While it may be easy to simply brush off the sighting of one mouse, you won’t be able to be so nonchalant for long. Let’s get into the details of rodent infestations, why they happen, and how we can help you to remedy yours.

Rodent Facts

Did you know that there are between 1,000-2,000 species of rodents that are currently in existence on every continent around the world, excluding Antarctica? All of these creatures share similar characteristics that include large, ever-growing front teeth, which they use for gnawing. For many of these pests, plants are a substantial form of sustenance. On the other hand, it should be noted that rodents will eat practically anything they can get ahold of. This includes drywall, insulation, and especially food that has not been stored properly. In places where humans live or work, rodents will often lead to food becoming contaminated, damage occurring the infrastructure of a build or diseases being spread. Are you starting to understand why a rodent infestation should always be taken seriously?

Identification/Appearance

For the most part, rodents will be black, gray, or brown in color. You may find that their fur is either glossy and sleek or dull and bristly. Their eyes are small black and beady, and they have rounded ears and some length of a tail. The majority of rodents also have sharp claws on their feet that work to help them climb trees and/or dig tunnels. Mice and rats, known to be gifted climbers, have longer tails than other rodents like voles and gophers, which have shorter, stockier tails.

Habitats

Rodents are one of the most diverse mammals on Earth, which means they can appear in a number of varying habitats. From open grasslands to forests, deserts, jungles and even arctic environments, rodents are extremely tenacious creatures. While some species of rodents live high off the ground in trees in attics, however, others find they are most comfortable when they are living in complex underground burrows or dark musty basement spaces. There are even some species of rodent that will build nests in secluded places, whether it be beneath bushes or within the walls of buildings. Rodents are also social creatures and therefore, they often will live in large colonies. This means you could truthfully have a rodent problem in any area of your home or commercial space and have absolutely no idea.

Entry

When it comes to your home, business, or lawn, these provide an enormous amount of food and shelter for rodents. The tiniest of rodent species is able to get inside a space through a hole that is less than a half of an inch in diameter. Rodents will also use their various skills such as climbing, running, digging, jumping and swimming to infiltrate manmade buildings in which they suspect they can make a comfortable home.

How To Know You Have A Rodent Problem?

Have you found droppings on the floor of your home’s basement? If so, then you might be facing a rodent problem that you should investigate further. When it comes to rats, mice and other rodents, a small issue can become a major nuisance in no time at all. In addition to spreading multiple diseases to humans and pets that may reside in the home, rodents can also cause property damage, contaminate your food, and generally create filth in your home, whether you can visibly see it or not. Additionally, clues that you may have a problem with rodents in your home are  as follows:

Animal Gnawing

If you notice that there are tiny gnaw marks on food packaging or on the structure of your home itself, you probably have a rodent problem. The marks could be due to either mice or rats, which larger gnaw marks likely being caused by a rat’s larger teeth.

Foul Odors

If you have a house pet, you may find that your dog or cat is drawn to a certain area of the house again and again. This is likely due to an odor they are picking up on. If an infestation grows, you may even be able to identify a stale smell in your home. This is a sign that you have an active infestation and should consult with a local pest control company immediately.

Mouse Tracks

Unless you dust inside of your home’s vents, it’s likely that you will be able to spot mouse or rat tracks if they exist. You could also notice other indications that you have an infestation such as smudge marks, urine stains, and additional droppings. If you cannot find any of these signs but you are still certain there are mice or rats in your home, spreading out a thin layer of flour or baby powder will help you to see true footprints if they do actually exist.

Rat/Mouse Nests

Rats and mice will use nearly any sort of material they can find in order to build a nest. Whether it be shredded paper, fabric, or even dried plant matter, all are fair game when it comes to a place where a rat and its family can hide. If you find a nest that seems to be formed by a rat or mouse, it’s important to call an exterminator as this means your infestation is still active.

Common Rodent Damage

If a rodent wants to keep its teeth at reasonable lengths, it needs to gnaw as often as possible. This behavior can lead to a number of problems in your home, including increasing the risk of electrical and shock fires. Mice and rats are also known to destroy insulation in buildings in order to build their nests. Continue reading below to get a more detailed account of how rodents pose a threat to your home and your family or employees.

Rodents Have The Potential To:

Spread diseases

Rodents such as mice and rats, as well as their parasites, are known to spread a number of horrible diseases such a plague, typhus, leptospirosis, Hantavirus, salmonellosis, tularemia, rat-bite fever, and acute food poisoning.

Contaminate food

Bacteria-infested urine and fecal matter can do far worse than just contaminate food. They will quickly become a nesting place for microscope tapeworms eggs that can threaten your health and the health of your family.

Damage property

Plain and simple, having a rat or mouse infestation is going to cost you money, especially if you do not identify the problem early enough. If the rodent is in your business, for instance, and a customer is to see it, you are going to lose business, no questions asked. Additionally, because rodents are able to chew through wiring and walls, you should also be wary of these creatures triggering an electrical fire in your building which could lead to thousands of dollars in structural damage.

Breed rapidly

We won’t go into a ton of detail here, but did you know that one pair of mice can produce 200 offspring in four months? Scary, right? As we mentioned above, this is why it is important to call an exterminator as soon as you set eyes on even just one mouse or rat.

What you should know about DIY Rodent Control

If you are considering trapping a rodent and removing it on your own, you may want to reconsider. Not only can this process be trying, but it can also be dangerous. Because rodents carry diseases like rabies, you could be putting your own health at risk when you are attempting to trap and get rid of rodents in your home. Not to mention, if there are any dead rodents in the walls or vents of your home or business, you may not be able to locate them, which is sure to end in foul smells developing sooner than later. This is why hiring a professional pest control company like Earthwise Pest Management in Carmichael is the best option for you, your employees, and your family.

Options For Controlling Rodents

Considering each home and business is different, you can count on Earthwise Pest Management to develop of a customized plan for removing rodents from the premises. We will ensure that the problem is addressed at every level, leaving you to feel comfortable in your home or place of work. Check out what we can offer you with our rodent removal services.

Site Inspection

We will first begin by doing a comprehensive inspection of your home or commercial space in order to identify anything that might indicate rodent activity. We will also look for potential entry points and attractants that would point to signs of a rat or mouse infestation.

Exclusion

Closing up potential entry points is an important next step. Using door sweeps, caulking, and additional products, we can seal any gaps or holes that may be allowing rodents in your building or home.

Sanitation

We can then provide you with detailed sanitation guidelines and recommend different ways you can eliminate anything that may be attracting rodents. We can also help you to understand how to maintain a clean and sanitary environment that will prevent rats and mice from returning once they have been eliminated.

Ongoing Monitoring and Maintenance

Your property will then need to be monitored and inspected regularly to ensure that the treatment plans that have been put in place are still working. Based on the results, your control program may need to be altered or adjusted with time to make certain that rodents will not be returning.

Baits and Traps

If we think it is necessary, our pest control experts will pick out rodenticide bats that they can monitor and use to ensure that rodent populations are controlled in the long term. We will also monitor these devices so that you don’t have to concern yourself with cleanup.

Hire The Rodent Removal Experts

At Earthwise Pest Management in Carmichael, we specialize in a number of rodent control services, including everything from rat removal and mouse control, to rodent damage control, rodent management, and overall rodent prevention. Our team of specialists is trained in the most advanced rodent control techniques, and we pride ourselves on being able to complete the job quickly and effectively.

It doesn’t matter if you have a rodent control problem that consists of one rodent or you have an entire infestation, we are here to eliminate it for good. If you are concerned that you might be dealing with one critter or a slew of them at your home or business, be sure to contact Earthwise pest management today. We would be happy to be the remedy you have been looking to find.