The house mouse, squirrels, and rats are all in the class of rodents. They are swift, delicate little mammals with relatively small feet, black protruding eyes, large ears and an almost hairless tail that is as long as the size of their body that may contain visible scales and vary in color. They are a species that can adapt to any environment and eat just about anything available to them.
Within a residential setting they can be a very annoying, unhealthy and destructive pest; fortunately here at Freedom Pest Control we can combat your rodent infestation and provide you year-long control.
All rodents are equal!
Rats, squirrels, and mice are three different species, and their control is not the same. The key to efficient mice, rats, and squirrel control starts with a thorough inspection to determine the extent and cause of the problem so that a tailor-made treatment can be put in place to stop the infestation at the source. While these pests can be killed using a variety of traps and poisons it rarely eliminates the problem because commonly where there is one, there is many!
The Truth About Rodents
Mice, rats, and squirrels are a group of large mammals, with more than 150 species found worldwide. In fact, the weight of the adults is 2/5 to one oz. (10-30 g) and measure 2 1/2 to 3 3/4 in. (66 to 90 mm) General body length. In addition to this, they are troublesome and damaging little creatures. Some of the species primarily found here in South Texas have brought a big economic loss for farmers and other businesses due to their offensive presence and the diseases they spread. Also, they have sharp teeth that can gnaw through wallboards, wood insulations, and cardboards.
Potential Problems Associated With Rodents
- They are annoying and simply the knowledge they are around can drive someone NUTS!
- They are capable of causing extensive damage to property leading to significant economic loss and health hazards
- They are famous for transmitting diseases such as the plague to humans and pets
- Some are particularly fond of gnawing electrical wiring that leaves electrical wires exposed leading to danger and house fires.
- They waste contains bacteria that can be harmful and/or lead to food poisoning
Minimize Potential Outbreaks
You can do this by watching for common signs that may show that you may have rodents. Check your home routinely for small footprints, droppings, urine stains, nut shells, small piles of chewed up paper, scratch marks on wooden floor and furniture, holes in food containers, and gnaw marks in the leftover food you have such as vegetables and fruits.
Other proactive steps you can take include:
- Get a cat – this in one of the oldest ways to control rodent infestation in your home
- Make sure all the leftover food is properly sealed and safely put away
- De-cluttering of your house to keep any rodents from sheltering there
- Block or seal entry holes into your house completely
- Utilize ultrasonic devices that repel rodents
- Use traps and over the counter poisons
- Wipe down mouse-contaminated areas by using wet disinfectants such as bleach
- Put on a dust mask when sweeping to avoid inhaling dust particles that may be contaminated
- Handle rodents and other pests with gloved hands – better yet call you Freedom to come handle them for you
- Discourage children from playing with rodents or keeping them as pets for their science projects