Rats, mice and rodents might not be the first pests that you think of, but they are a serious problem in our area. Rodents have a never-ending need for food and water, and they breed rapidly. All rodents love to chew, and they will make themselves right at home in your house.
Identifying Rats and Mice
Size is the most obvious difference between rats and mice. Mice weigh less than an ounce. Norway and roof rats, two of the most common species, can weigh 12 ounces. From head to tail, they can measure over a foot.
Signs of an Infestation
It’s rare to see rats and mice out in the open. You’re more likely to see their droppings. Mouse droppings are just one-quarter of an inch long, and they have pointed ends. Rat pellets are two to three times larger, and the ends are blunt.
In homes with infestations, rats and mice frequently chew food packages, plastic storage containers and wood. Some nest in closets, wall voids, ceilings and attics. Usually, you can hear rodents scampering around or chewing. In addition to contaminating pantry items and damaging building materials, they can chew through the insulation on electric wires, which creates a fire hazard.
If you have a rodent problem, you probably want to know what we can do to resolve it. Our multi-pronged approach focuses on eliminating rodents that are active. As you may already know, rats and mice can fit through openings that are the size of a coin. If they can’t get where they want to be, rodents can widen the hole by chewing.
Because rodents are so tenacious, simply eliminating a colony won’t solve the problem. More rats and mice will enter from the outdoors, recycling bins or a neighbor’s yard. In some homes, rats and mice come in when the weather changes. If you’ve been pulling your hair out over a rodent infestation, we will give you results.
To get rid of those nasty intruders, call Hart Pest Control today. Our experienced technicians will go to work, so that you can take back your home.