Rodents like rats and small mice can cause enormous amounts of damage to your home or business. They often sneak in through open doors or attic and foundation vents. Rats and mice are known not only for carrying infectious diseases, but for gnawing through furniture and electrical wires as well. Damage from these types of rodents can be extremely expensive to repair, and the animals are known for reproducing quickly once they have entered a home.
Nothing can deter customers from your place of business faster than a rat sighting. Restaurants are especially prone to rat infestations, thanks to the ample food supply. You may not always be able to locate where the rats are hiding without some investigative work. Rats and mice leave distinctive foot tracks and marks where their tails drag along the ground. You can often determine where tracks are and what direction they head to by lightly sprinkling unscented baby powder or flour along the suspected areas.
Rats also leave gnawing holes with rough edges that are typically around 2 inches or more in diameter. Although rats prefer wood, they will chew through any type of electrical writing as well, causing extensive damage.
Controlling a rat or mouse problem is typically done with trapping and baiting. Traps are often used in place of potentially hazardous poison baits and are designed to offer fast results. They also provide easy removal of dead rodents. The types of traps most often used in the home are snap traps, glue traps and live traps.
Rat bait is a highly effective chemical solution for controlling a rat or mouse problem. Baits come in seed, pellet, liquid and block form, and are usually placed near suspected foraging areas and food sources. Rats that have infested a roof or attic can be bait-treated by placing bait in rafter, garages, fence rails and in any areas of dense coverage.
Rats and mice aren’t just unsightly, they can carry high levels of bacteria that can be transferred in a direct bite, via food contamination, or from the fecal matter and urine that they frequently drop. To avoid potential health problems, it’s important to take care of a rat problem as soon as you notice it as the population can grow very quickly if not handled quickly and effectively. contact us today for your free inspection and consultation.