What are Rodents?
The term “rodent” encompasses both mice and rats. Rodents are night-traveling creatures, known to eat and contaminate food as well as damage buildings and other property by gnawing and burrowing in structures. They may also spread diseases (such as salmonella) that affect people and pets.
Mice are commonly found in homes and can live for up to 18 months. They range in length from 5 to 8 inches and can weigh up to 1 ounce. Females can produce anywhere from 36 to 192 offspring per year. Rats, specifically the Norway Rat, are commonly found in urban and suburban areas of North America. They range in length from 13 to 18 inches and can weigh up to 11 ounces. Females can produce anywhere from 35 to 85 offspring annually; the average rat will live up to a little under a year. Rats have been known to transmit diseases such as the plague and tuberculosis.
What Do I Look For?
Signs of rodents include:
- The presence of fecal matter – “droppings”
- Visual identification of live or dead rodents
- Visible signs of destruction to buildings and other property such as food items
If you see any of these signs it is important to take action quickly and stop the problem from getting worse. If possible, it is also ideal to identify where these rodents are entering your home or living space and where they may be lingering. Generally, they will prefer kitchen areas which provide them with food sources and can be accessed through gaps around the utility lines in the kitchen or behind kitchen appliances such as the refrigerator and stove.
How Can Randy’s Help?
Set up a guaranteed program to control rodents in a building and surrounding environment and advise how you can help reduce future problems.
- Bait We will set up rodent bait stations at various strategic locations in and around buildings. These rodent bait stations securely hold the bait within the station which means that secondary poisoning of non-target animals is greatly reduced to almost zero.
- Traps We can setup specially designed traps where baits cannot be used.
- Tracking Powders Sometimes we may need to use rodent tracking powders.
What you can Do with our Help and Advise
- Sanitation You can reduce food and water available to rodents. One way you can help is to avoid keeping rubbish indoors overnight.
- Proofing We advise you can help proof your home against rodent entry. This may include such as fixing mesh over holes to prevent rodent entry.
Call us at (918) 605-6402 to schedule an inspection or to discuss treatment options with Randy’s Pest Control.