Rodent Control – Rats & Mice
Rats and mice have been a nuisance in homes as long as civilization has existed. Even today, these animals consume food in dry storage and transfer illnesses to humans. These creatures devour, reproduce and drop waste quickly and in exponential quantities. For homeowners, these animals can be a serious dilemma. If you see rats or mice in your home, call Blake’s Pest Control for expert assistance.
How are Rodents Harmful?
Though many people keep mice or rats as companions, feral rodents can cause significant harm. Species in the rodent family are gnawing machines with powerful, overgrown teeth, making them especially harmful to walls and wires, some of the most common fixtures they can destroy. They eat mainly on seeds and grains like oats, destroying your pantry and dry food. Their large numbers and consumption rates generate lots of feces and urine that pollute any area they come in contact with.
If you see a mouse or rat at home, avoid handling it as they often harbor pathogens like Hantavirus. Ticks and fleas are also commonly found on rodents and can extend into your home and onto your pets. Neither rats nor mice hibernate during the cold season, so they can enter your property during the cold days in search of shelter and food. These animals breed notoriously fast. Rats can produce 84 babies every year, while mice can make up to 56.
To prevent mice and rats from entering your property, be sure that any dry storage is closed off. Consistently wiping down your counters and floors will remove crumbs. You should also keep a seal on all waste receptacles to neutralize odors that attract rats or mice.
If you don’t work aggressively, rodents can be tough to eliminate by yourself. They can be extremely elusive and are normally active at night. With hidden spots, they are small enough to wiggle through narrow crevasses in your walls or foundations.
Traps and bait are the most common solutions to this invasion. These solutions might work at first, but may not be a permanent solution. If left untreated, swarms of rodents can claim parts of your home like your porch or space between walls. Blake’s Pest Control provides a long-term solution to homeowners throughout Alexandria. Our staff has the education to remove mice and rats from your house rapidly and discretely. Blake’s Pest Control serves all of Virginia.