Rodent Control & Prevention
Hearing Noises In Your Walls Or Attic?
Here in North Texas, rodents are a common problem for homeowners and businesses and can pose dangerous health hazards to you, your family or your customers. At NTX Best Pest, we handle all types of rodents and unwanted visitors. The most common rodents we see are rats, mice and squirrels. Rodent control & prevention is not a universal service, as each home is different and requires individualized exclusion services. Our rodent experts will help rid your home of these intruders and create blockades at all entry points, preventing any future intruders.
Call us today at (214) 427-1272 for your rodent inspection and exclusion quote! We offer no-obligation inspections and quotes to all our customers. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
What Types Of Rodents Can Be Found In Your Home?
Rodents are part of the order Rodentia and can be a huge nuisance as they can contaminate food, damage your property and spread a variety of diseases to humans and pets. The most common rodents that we come in contact with are:
Rats – These rodents have very keen instincts that keep them aware of changes to their environments, such as traps and baits. They will typically colonize in hard-to-reach places in your attic, walls, under concrete and porches. Rats transmit a variety of serious disease and can also bring disease-carrying parasites into your home, such as fleas and ticks.
Mice – These rodents will invade your home looking for food, water and warmth. Mice can contaminate more food than they eat and will chew on items around your home. Odors from a dead mouse or urine and fecal matter is a very common sign of an infestation which can be very unpleasant and hard to remove.
There are over 2,000 different species in the order Rodentia family, which are divided into many sub-families. The family Muridae contains nearly two-thirds of all rodent species, making it the largest family in the order Rodentia. This includes sand rats, gerbils, crested rats and old-world mice and rats.
Rodent Characteristics & Identification
While they may seem cute to the common animal lover, these warm-blooded mammals can destroy your property, spread disease and bring disease-carrying parasites into your home. Rodents have oversized front teeth used for gnawing, as well as check teeth, which are designed for chewing.
Are Rodents A Health Concern?
Not only are rodents tough to control, but they also carry various diseases that contaminate food with waste, fur and saliva. Mice can contaminate around 10 times the amount of food they can consume. The CDC says there is a link between rodents and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, which is a fatal disease in about 36% of all reported U.S. cases.
Mice, rats and other rodents can also bring fleas and ticks into your home, which can bring the risk of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, an illness that affects people with weak immune systems and can produce terrible headaches, high fevers and meningitis. It has also been known to cause complications during pregnancy. Young children and infants can be more susceptible to this disease due to their immune system not being fully developed.
Never handle any wild rodent as they have sharp teeth that can penetrate the skin and spread bacteria, viruses and diseases by way of saliva, urine and feces. Contact NTX Best Pest and let our rodent solution experts complete an evaluation of your rodent infestation and provide you with the best services to resolve your rodent problem. Call us at (214) 427-1272 or fill out our complimentary quote form, and we will contact you right away.
Mice Facts: What You Need To Know
There are two common species of mice and many other species of rats and larger rodents that could be making your home their home. It will benefit you to know which species you are dealing with, as they all have their own behaviors, nesting habits, characteristics and diets.
Deer Mouse – Deer mice, also known as field mice, have annoying habits of ravaging through grain storage and silos, making them a real nuisance for farmers. The deer mouse is typically reddish brown in color and sometimes even a golden brown with small whitish feet and chest. They are one of the smaller species of mice, only measuring around 4 inches in length and weighing half an ounce to one ounce.
There is also the yellow-necked field mouse, which looks similar to the common deer mouse but has a defining characteristic of yellow fur around their neck. Their color also ranges from reddish brown to golden brown with a white chest and stomach.
House Mouse – House mice are the most common species that you will come in contact with or find in your home. They have excellent vision and hearing, accompanied by an acute sense of touch and smell. These combined characteristics make them very adaptable to living in homes, buildings and even nesting in your automobile. These mice are normally between 2.5 inches and 4 inches in length and have very slender, almost skinny bodies. This allows them to find their way into your home in openings as small as ¼ of an inch.
SEEING BLACK OR BROWN MICE?
If you see or come in contact with mice that are truly black, you are most likely dealing with roof rats and not mice. While both house mice and field mice can be brown or brownish black, they are not usually 100% black. Roof rats are much larger and can measure between 6 inches and 12 inches in length.
Do Mice Live In Groups Or Colonies?
Like many rodents, mice tend to live in groups. Like other sociable creatures, they have established a hierarchy in their families. Most mouse families will consist of:
- One Dominant/Alpha Male
- 1-3 Subdominant/Beta Males
- 2-5 Females
If you have a mouse problem in your home, you are likely dealing with more than one. However, if you see only one mouse scurrying around, you are usually seeing the dominant, or alpha male, as he is the one responsible for providing food and water for the family.
The dominant has a unique scent that he leaves behind so that other members of the family can smell where he has been. This lets them know just about everything, such as where traps or baits are located, and where food sources and water sources may be found. This can make it difficult to catch the entire family, which is why you should always contact a professional.
How Many Babies Do Mice Have?
Mice can breed very quickly after they are born, which means a small group or family of mice can quickly turn into a heavy infestation if not treated. Female mice reach sexual maturity around 3 weeks of age and, unlike other mammals, they can get pregnant again immediately after giving birth to a litter.
When living in a common household environment with plentiful water and food supply, mice can produce between 6 and 8 litters per year, and each litter can have between 6 and 8 babies. When mice are living outdoors, they typically will breed only in spring and fall.
How To Prevent Mice Getting Into Your Home
Mice are crafty creatures and will find just about any way to get into your home to nest, feed and breed. If you currently hear noises in your attic or walls, please call us at 214-592-5503 and we will come to your home to offer you a complimentary inspection. We can solve your rodent problem!
Keep your home clean and do not leave food on the counter where it is easily accessible to mice and other rodents. Do your best to keep all food in airtight containers, as mice and other rodents have a keen sense of smell. A dirty home can attract mice and other pests, such as roaches, ants and rats. All of these are hazardous to your and your family’s health.
Check your home for access points. Mice can fit through holes and openings as small as ¼ of an inch, so ensuring that the smallest of cracks are thoroughly sealed can help keep mice and other pests out of your home.
Rat Facts: What You Need To Know
Rats are reported to cause more than $1 billion in damage a year in the United States alone. A single rat can produce up to 25,000 droppings and can give birth to more than 170 babies in just one year. Another interesting fact is that a rat’s teeth never stop growing; they constantly have to gnaw and chew hard materials to keep them filed down and maintained.
Norway Rats – These rats can grow to be 10 inches to 12 inches in length and will typically not weigh more than 1 lb. Their colors will range from gray, black and brown. Like most rats, they also have a long, hairless tail and large teeth used for chewing and gnawing.
Pack Rats – Pack rats are considered medium sized within the species, measuring around 8 inches long, with their tail measuring slightly less than their head and body combined. Their color ranges from grayish brown to yellowish gray, and sometimes even a cinnamon color.
Where Do Rats Live?
Rats live in various types of habitats including, but not limited to, fields, wooded areas, farms, and anywhere near buildings or structures. Oddly enough, rats typically do not find their way into homes, except in suburban areas like the majority of North Texas, which is why rats are continuously becoming a problem. Rats only need a hole the size of a quarter to enter your home near garages, vents, eves, cables running into home and other small openings. They can also gnaw their way in due to their ability to chew on metal, wood and other hard materials with their large teeth.
Health Hazards & Diseases
Rats can carry and transmit a variety of harmful diseases, which is why it is important to know the signs of infestation and have your home treated by rodent professionals. These diseases can be transmitted through biting, scratching or contamination through their droppings and urine, which is most common. Rats also pose a threat of carrying in parasites, such as fleas and ticks, that can also present additional diseases and viruses.
- Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCMV) – This is a viral infectious disease that is transmitted through the urine and saliva of rats.
- Black Plague – Transmitted through fleas that come from rats and bite humans. Fleas from rats also transmit bubonic plague, typhus and hantavirus.
- Salmonellosis – If you consume food or water that has been contaminated by rat feces, you can get this disease.
How To Prevent Rodent Infestations
Rodents and rats are very good climbers, which enables them to find access points to your home just about anywhere from the ground to the roof. You can typically find rats and mice living in harborage around your home such as wood piles, old vehicles, sheds or barns. It is vital that you do your best to limit potential nesting areas like these to prevent the population from growing and nesting near your home, and eventually getting in.
Keep any fire wood, stacked bricks and stones as far away from your home as possible.
Remove any piles or spare debris that maybe laying around, as this is a perfect nesting area.
Seal any holes larger than ¼ of an inch with steel wool and foam to prevent entry.
Ensure that all weather stripping on doors and garage doors is thick and intact.
Get Professional Treatment
If you are hearing noises in your walls or attic, or you are seeing signs of droppings and urine, call NTX Best Pest to have our Rodent Experts do a complete inspection of your home. There are many areas where rats or mice could be entering your home that you may not be able to see or be aware of. Our Trained Professionals know all the secret tricks to tracking down these rodents and ridding your home of these unwanted visitors.
Get your complimentary quote now and don’t forget about our Bundle and Save offers. Combine your rodent service with any of our other treatment options and save up to 20% off your pest control services! Call now at (214) 427-1272.
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