Rodent Exterminator Services
Mice & Rat Extermination
Rodent Removal Process
- A thorough inspection to identify anything that is contributing to the rodent infestation.
- Discreet placement of non-toxic traps and monitoring stations for comprehensive rodent control and to monitor activity.
- Sealing of all entry points as a part of our rodent exclusion tactics.
- Creating a report to describe the mice extermination treatment and provide tips on preventing future infestations.
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Common Rodent Questions & Answers
As two of the most common rodents, mice and rats have many similarities but also several differences. Here’s how to tell them apart:
- The major differences between mice and rats are their size and diet.
- The typical house mouse is 2-4” in length, as opposed to the Norway rat or roof rat, which can measure up to 9” in length.
- Both mice and rats are omnivores. Rats will eat anything, and generally prefer meat, pet food, fish, and stored cheeses. Mice prefer grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts.
- Rats have larger feet, a thick and hairless tail, and small ears. Mice, however, have larger ears and a long, thin tail.
Most types of rodents can pose a number of different threats to you and your family. Both rats and mice alike are known to possibly carry and spread more than 35 diseases, including salmonella and hantavirus. In addition to the germs and bacteria, rodents can cause structural damage inside your property with their nesting, chewing, and defecating habits. Learn more >>
The gnawing rodents inflict on wires, pipes, gas lines creates the potential for serious damage relative to fires and explosions. Accounts of the rodents’ ability to start fires by carrying matches to their hiding places, as well as by causing short circuits through the gnawing of electrical wires have been widely reported. Chewed, exposed wires inside walls may spark, causing interior walls to catch fire.
Rodents breed at a very rapid rate. Rats reach sexual maturity at just 3 or 4 months, meaning that a population can swell from two rats to around 1,250 in one year, with the potential to grow exponentially. Mice, on the other hand, can have up to 10 litters containing up to 14 pups in each. Mice live up to two and a half years, while rats live for about 2 years.
The best way to prevent a rodent infestation is to implement exclusion tactics in your home. Our rodent prevention tips are as follows.
- Seal gaps and holes around utility cables, outdoor vents or pipe work with steel wool or silicone-based caulk.
- Eliminate access to your home and remove the food and water resources that attract them.
- Outdoors, pick up fallen fruit, clean up around bird feeders, remove leaf litter and and pick up pet waste.
- Keep your home clean and free of clutter, and use tight fitting lids on trash bins.
Rodents are able to live in a wide variety of habitats, but will thrive when they are given ample access to food and shelter. Rodents will eat anything and are especially attracted to food sources like grains, meat, birdseed, pet food, and garbage debris. Leaky faucets and dripping pipes provide rodents the water needed for survival. Compost piles and pet waste debris in yards often draw rodents.
Once they get inside your property, rats and mice will gravitate toward damp, dark, and secluded areas. House mice will construct nests indoors in attics, wall voids, storage boxes, and under appliances. Norway rats prefer basements and crawl spaces. Roof rats are good climbers and nest in block walls, attics, garages, sheds, and in ceilings. Outside, they are often in leaf piles and trees.
If you have a full-blown rodent infestation, you will likely need the help of a rodent exterminator to get rid of them. Glue traps, mouse traps, and other DIY control methods may be a short-term solution for a single rodent or two, but an infestation is difficult to control. In addition to getting rid of the problem, a professional rodent exterminator can help prevent future infestations in your home.
Professional Mice & Rat Exterminators
If you have seen the signs of rats or mice inside, it’s time to contact the mice exterminators at Loyal Termite & Pest Control. DIY or all-natural techniques may help prevent rats and mice at first, but are not a long-term rodent control solution.
For effective, fast, and long-lasting rodent control, call the rodent exterminators at Loyal today to learn more or set up an inspection!
Rodent Exterminators, Control & Removal in Virginia
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