If we assigned a dollar amount to damage created by different types of pests, rats and mice would claim a spot near the top of the list. These rodents are incredibly prolific, breeding large populations very quickly, and can spread not only within and around a particular home, but throughout an entire neighborhood. This is especially true within condo associations, tightly packed commercial developments (especially if these include restaurants), or “garden home” type neighborhoods in which houses are built close to one another.
The structural damage from rats and mice can be severe, ranging from unseen damage inside walls, to ruined equipment and even utility damage. Perhaps even more alarming is the health risk to humans. Rats and mice are associated with a wide array of serious diseases, including (but not limited to):
- bubonic plague
- lymphocytic choriomeningitis
- rat bite fever
Clearly, these rodents should not be welcome in our homes and neighborhoods… But what can we do about it?
An experienced pest control technician can present you with several options for dealing with a rat or mouse infestation. One important part of the process will involve keeping them out of structures in the first place, by blocking entrances. Beyond that, kill traps or rodenticide baits can be used. Yes, these can be placed inside bait stations so that dogs, cats, and other pets can’t get to them.
If a particular structure has suffered a serious infestation, removal and replacement of insulation might be necessary, as well as applications of anti-viral and anti-bacterial remedies. This part of the process can be important, because many diseases are passed through mouse and rat fecal matter. So, even once the rodents are removed, their droppings are left behind and pose a danger.
If you prefer, live trapping and removal can also be utilized. It is important to remember, however, that this method should be used in conjunction with others. If you don’t discourage the rodents from returning, they will (or new ones will simply come along to replace them).
If you’re experiencing a rat or mice problem in your neighborhood, please give us a call. We can assess the situation and explain your options to you, so that you can decide upon the best way to proceed and protect your residents.