Stafford Homeowners’ Complete Guide To Effective Rodent Control
December 15, 2021 - Rodents
Some people keep mice and rats as pets. Other people find even the sight of one of these rodents terrifying enough to evoke a scream. And, some people just don’t have strong feelings about rodents either way. No matter your opinion on rodents, the reality is that having a rodent infestation in your Stafford home or business is a big problem. These pests are dangerous and destructive, so knowing how to keep them out is key.
Both mice and rats are extremely prevalent in the area and throughout the country, and squirrels can occasionally cause issues as well.
Mice are brown-grey with long, thin tails and large, fur-covered ears. They only get to be around five inches long, including their tails. Rats have shorter, stockier tails and smaller ears in proportion to their bodies. They can reach up to around 15 inches in length, including their tails.
Mice and rats also cause similar kinds of damage and pose similar health risks, although it’s very rare to have an infestation of both at the same time. These rodents are known to spread many illnesses, including hantavirus, salmonella, and rat-bite fever. They can also cause respiratory problems as their fur, droppings, and urine get spread around the property and start to accumulate.
Why Are Rodents Such Common Pest Invaders?
While most pests in the area tend to live outdoors but come inside occasionally in search of things they need, mice and rats are a different story. They have lived alongside humans for hundreds of years, and they’ve grown to depend on us for their survival. This makes them determined to get indoors as they use our buildings for shelter and access to their food and water.
Along with being dependent on us, rodents are also challenging to keep out. They can fit through tiny holes. Shockingly, mice can fit through holes the size of a dime, and rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter. They can also chew through many materials, including drywall, wood, wire, and pipes. This ability allows them to make new ways into a home or business and makes prevention difficult.
Why You Shouldn’t Try To Remove Rodents On Your Own
Many home and business owners try to take rodent removal into their own hands, but this isn’t the best idea. The truth is that you’ll likely waste a lot of time and money on this process as rodents are so invasive, prolific, and sneaky. It’s really challenging to completely remove them without professional pest assistance.
Instead of stressing, let the pros at Viewpoint Pest Management help you. Our rodent control services are reliable, trustworthy, and effective. We can remove any rodent infestation and ensure they don’t come back with follow-up visits.
How To Keep Rodents Away In The Future
If you haven’t noticed rodents around your property, now is the perfect time to make your property less appealing to these invaders. Here are some steps you can take to deter them:
- Get wire mesh coverings for chimney and vent openings.
- Seal up small holes around the walls and the foundation, but be sure to use materials rodents can’t chew through.
- Clean up spills of food and drink right away. Also, clean kitchens on a regular basis.
- Make sure garbage cans all have tightly fitted lids.
The overall best way to prevent rodent infestations in the future is to give our team at Viewpoint Pest Management a call today. We can tell you more about options or help you book an inspection.