In Bradenton, the two most common rodent invaders are mice and rats. However, neither are pests you want to have. Rats and mice are dangerous, destructive, and can be incredibly difficult to eliminate for homeowners working on their own, making preventing them essential. And when prevention fails, it’s always best to call a professional for help.
Rodents are dangerous for a number of reasons. They are host to a number of diseases and parasites, including hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia and Salmonella. This makes identifying a rat infestation early in order to eliminate it essential.
Common warning signs of rodents in the home include:
Tiny brown droppings found in drawers, cabinets, or on the floor.
Teeth marks and shavings from where rodents have been gnawing. Rodent's teeth never stop growing, therefore rodents never stop gnawing.
Pungent odor from rodent droppings or urine.
Burrows or tunnels in insulation or other materials to build nests, often accompanied by droppings.
Scratching or scampering noises inside your walls, especially at night.
Grease or oil stains along walls and floorboards where rodents rub up against them.
Outdoor tracks rats leave behind through grass and low vegetation.
Sightings of live or dead rodents, indicating severe infestation.
If you’ve seen these tell-tale warning signs around your home, it’s highly likely that you have a rodent infestation on your hands. However, if that’s the case, you shouldn’t try to get them out on your own.
Dealing with rodents is a difficult and time-consuming task with many different factors to consider if you want your infestation handled quickly and completely.
When it comes to DIY treatments, homeowners simply don’t have access to the same tools and equipment that the professionals can use to get the job done right. While traps can be effective at killing a mouse or two, they could take several days to be effective due to rodents’ instinctive cautious nature that causes them to avoid them when they’ve recently been placed. What’s more, if these traps aren’t placed in effective locations they won’t catch anything at all, and can actually hamper your efforts and make the infestation more difficult to handle. Even if you know where to use traps, you could choose the wrong one for the job.
You should also be wary of taking DIY rodent treatment advice from the internet. While some of it is legitimate, many sources only seek to drive traffic to their website. As an average consumer, you’ll have little to no way of knowing if the advice you’re being given is helpful or just written by someone hoping to boost their website views.
On the other hand, a professional will know exactly how to treat your rodent infestation. Rodents have many defensive behaviors that help them avoid most traps. Rodent control professionals are trained in the proper placement of traps and are given the insight needed to use the behavior of rodents against them. They’ll be able to track the infestation to its source and seal the home up effectively to keep them from coming back.
Pest professionals are trained to use a wide range of strategies to detect the presence of mice and rats in a man-made structure and these strategies must be employed properly to achieve successful results. What’s more, professionals use products that are field tested and known to be the most effective - so you can rest assured that the tools in use are being applied in the correct amounts, in the correct locations, and using the most effective methods to treat the underlying problem.
If you’re suffering under a rodent infestation, or think you could be, put a stop to it today with help from Rodent Solutions. We specialize in rodent control for Florida homes, and our team has all the tools and knowledge you need to eliminate your rodent infestation completely. Call us today for more information.