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How To Identify Rodents With Physical Characteristics And Behaviors?
In Texas, rodent sightings are limited to only a few species – the deer mouse and the house mouse. The reports include both indoor and outdoor sightings. There is no doubt, the rodent population continues to soar in Houston, calling for more public awareness and government involvement.
Rodents do not discriminate, making every home, business, and government entity a target. There is nothing worse than dealing with a rat or mice problem. Just the mere fact, you are sharing the same home with rodents is enough to instill fear in anyone. Even the toughest man on earth would not want to share his home with rodents.
The deer mouse and house mouse population are continuously growing. If things do not change and change quickly, Houston residents and businesses may be facing more and more rodent infestations in the near future. One thing everyone can do to help is get educated. It is crucial to know how to detect, identify, and eradicate these rodents when the opportunity arises. This is one case where the more you know about rodent infestation, the better the outcome.
- House Mouse – The most important identifying characteristics include hairless body, pointy nose, black beady eyes, round ears, feet with tiny claws, and padded paws. House mouse fecal droppings are black and measure between 3/16” to ¼” in length, with pointy and round ends.
- Deer Mouse – Brown hairy body with a white underbelly, round ears, hairless tail, black beady eyes, pointy nose, and tiny feet with claws. Deer mouse fecal droppings are black and measures up to ¼ of an inch in length.
The difference between the house mouse and deer mouse involves the ears and eyes, both of which are slightly larger in the deer mouse.
Rodent Infestation – Signs You Should Know!
- Fecal matter scattered about in high-activity areas
- Homemade nests are hidden behind appliances, near sewage pipes, and underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks
- Structural damage with gnaw marks
- Audible noises related to feet pattering on tile and hardwood
Mouse Fecal Material
Fecal material characteristics are similar across the entire mouse species. The droppings are small measuring up to ¼ of an inch (6 millimeters) in length. The rice-shaped droppings are more commonly found in high-frequented areas like the kitchen, dining room, pantry, laundry room, and bedrooms.
Why Is My Home Being Invaded By Rats?
Rodents do not discriminate between homes, businesses, public facilities, or government entities. In fact, all of these establishments are under threat of a rodent infestation. If you believe your home is 100 percent safe from rodents, you better think again. As the Houston rodent population continues to grow, mice and rats are pushed out into the community. If your home is infested, you can contribute it to a vulnerable pest barrier, which is comprised of windows, doors, walls, ceilings, and roofing systems. All of these components are designed to protect your home from the elements, rodents, and insects.
Should I Be Concerned About My Elderly Parents With A Rat Infestation?
Rats and mice are disease-carrying rodents. They transmit diseases to humans through contaminated food, bite wounds, and direct contact. Rat-borne illnesses have shown to spread through the air. For example, a carpenter working in an attic inhales tiny particles contaminated with mouse urine. Several days later, the carpenter was diagnosed with a medical condition known as Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome has been reported throughout South America and North America. Other diseases transmitted by rodents include Lassa fever, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, plague, rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis.
Rodent infestation dangers include the following:
- Mouse urine-contaminated food, beverage, and dust particles
- Structural damage related to continuously gnawing
- Fire hazard related to damaged electrical wiring
- Person-to-person direct contact transmission (Lassa fever)
- Infested flea bite
What Is The Best Pest Control Approach To A Rodent Infestation?
We believe our rodent control is the best solution. However, we understand some Houston residents prefer the DIY alternative. If you are dealing with a minor rodent infestation, DIY may just be the solution. Toss anything else into the mix and soon, DIY will no longer be an option. The main reason why Houston exterminators always opt for professional pest control is versatility. Instead of being limited to minor rodent infestation, professional pest management is ideal across the industry.
How Long Will I Need To Wait Before The Exterminator Arrives?
We offer same-day, emergency, and appointment-only pest control services. We recommend initiating the process by verbally requesting an in-home pest inspection. Once we receive your service request, a customer support representative will then begin to process it. A licensed exterminator will be dispatched to your home within 24 to 48 hours of the initial request.
How Do Your Exterminators Protect Their Clients During Treatment?
We protect our clients and their family and pets by requesting a full-home evacuation. We will not enter an impacted home until all household members and pets are evacuated. But, this is just the beginning. We only utilize pest control products that have undergone extension third-party testing for potency and safety. The US Environmental Protection Agency oversees the production and sales of these products. In addition to strict oversight, the EPA has composed a set of pest control guidelines that all US exterminators are required to follow.
How To Prevent A Future Rodent Infestation?
Our pest prevention strategies have proven effective time and time again. These strategies utilize state-of-the-art technologies, routine visual inspections, a doable household waste disposal plan, a food storage system, and rodent access point removal.
Be sure to check out all of our pest control treatment options. Whether you are dealing with a rodent infestation, spider problem, or stinging insect nests, we are here to help. Our team remains on standby to take your call today.
Why Hire Us?
- Our pest control prices are competitive
- Our pest control solutions are customized
- Our pest control solutions are accessible
- Our pest control prevention is effective
- Our pest control company is insured, bonded, and licensed with the State of Texas
What You Need To Know About Our Mice, Rat Removal Services
Many people have a fear of rodents, especially when they are spotted inside their residences. These vermin are not exactly friendly and they can cause a lot of damage to building structures. The key to preventing this from happening is professional mice, rat removal services. We utilize a variety of treatments and extermination methods to eradicate rodent infestations. Our goal is to help home and business owners regain control of their properties as soon as possible. We also strive to ensure our customers that the rodents will not return in the future.
What Is Mice Removal Services?
When it comes to eradicating mice and rat infestations, we always start with a customized treatment plan. Each infestation and home is unique, calling for a plan with unique treatment methods. To get the quickest and most effective results, we typically combine multiple treatments into a single plan. We utilize traps and poisons to eradicate mice and rats. Once the rats are completely eradicated, we follow up with repellents to deter other rats from accessing your home.
What Are The Signs Of A Rat Infestation
It is important for all Houston homeowners to know the signs of a rat infestation. While no one wants to even think of rats invading their home, it is a common problem in big cities, such as Houston. Everywhere rats go, they leave telltale signs of their presence. These signs include fecal droppings and damaged building structures, food containers and other items. To gain access to food, rats will gnaw through walls, floors and cardboard, as well as plastic bowls and paper boxes.
Another sign of a rat infestation is gnawing and scratching sounds. When rats are trying to access a home, they will often work throughout the night. While these rodents try to avoid detection, they can stir up quite a fuss trying to access a home and food. If you hear scratching and grinding noises after dark, it is probably rats trying to get into your home. And, do not think that these noises will stop once they finally do gain access into your home.
Contact Us Today!
To eradicate severe rat and mice infestations, it will require the professional services of a licensed exterminator. Our company hires some of the most qualified exterminators in the industry. Our exterminators will work with you to customize a treatment plan that is suitable for your home, infestation and budget. Call us today to schedule your free in-home inspection.
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