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Professional Mice, Rat, And Rodent Pest Control Houston TX
Rodents, such as the mouse and rat oftentimes find themselves inside the human habitat. Whether by coincidence or on purpose, rodent species range between 2,250 and 2,276. The rat and mouse are more likely to infiltrate homes than most other species of rodents. The squirrel and chipmunk are also known to infiltrate the human habitat. However, the likelihood of home infiltration is much lower when the chipmunk and squirrel rodent species are involved. The rat and mouse, on the other hand, are commonly detected in residential and commercial settings.
Most Common Rodent Species – Deer Mouse And House Mouse
House Mouse – If you ask most people, they will all agree, a mouse is a mouse. Well, this may be true to some degree. But, there are 38 unique species of mouse in the “Mus” genus. Take, for instance, the house mouse. The rodent has a pink, pointy nose, big black eyes, and ears with rounded tips. The house mouse’s fecal material has been described as being the replica of a cooked rice granule, but black in color, with a wretched odor.
Deer Mouse – The body varies between light brown and brownish/gray. The feet are multi-colored, while the abdomen is off-white. The hairless tail is nearly as long as the head and body, together. The droppings are similar to that of the house mouse. In the human habitat, the deer mouse can be found hiding behind or under appliances and furniture, underneath the kitchen and bathroom sinks, and in pantries.
How To Know If You Are Dealing With A Rodent Infestation
Rodent infestations are a common problem in some neighborhoods, cities, and inner cities. These mammals are always on the lookout for food, water, and shelter. Vulnerable buildings will be targeted by all mice and rats because they are easily accessible.
- Fecal droppings behind appliances and furniture, on countertops, garbage bins, and in pantries
- Small- to medium-sized nests constructed from household waste
- Damage caused by gnawing on food packagings, structural components, furniture, kitchen cabinets, and trash bins
- Scurrying noises along frequently traveled paths (mostly at night or when ambient noise is low)
Why Do Rodents Continuously Gnaw?
One thing all species of rodents have in common is the urge to gnaw. The rodent’s incisors are continuously growing. To maintain a decent length, the rodent finds itself constantly gnawing on all types of structures and materials.
Some rodent species – rat and mouse – are nocturnal, meaning they wander at night and hide away in their nests during the daylight house. The rodent’s nocturnal behavior is part of a safety mechanism in the human habitat. Most humans are diurnal, meaning they exhibit the exact opposite behavior as the rat and mouse. Humans are generally awake during the daylight hours and asleep during the nighttime hours.
The victim’s diurnal behavior gives nocturnal rodents ample time to forage for food, construct nests, and reproduce, with minimal detection risks.
What Are The Most Common Features Of Mouse Fecal Droppings?
The typical mouse dropping is the size of a cooked granule of rice. The fecal dropping varies between dark brown and black, depending on the mouse’s last few meals. Each dropping measures between 3 and 6 millimeters in length. The ends are rounded. Once you can successfully identify the mouse fecal dropping, you will always be able to do it.
The mouse’s fecal droppings can be found along frequently traveled paths, leading from the nest to a food source. They are oftentimes found in areas, where the rodents are foraging for food and water. And, in areas where the gnawing takes place.
The fecal droppings are generally the first detectable sign of rodents after infiltration.
Why Are Mice Infiltrating My Home?
Basically, because they can without restrictions. Yes, mice target vulnerable residential and commercial establishments. Vulnerable, in this case, could mean damaged siding, open utility passageways, and weak structural components, responsible for keeping rodents out.
Mice also infiltrate homes in great condition. This type of home infiltration requires much more work on the rodent’s part. Utilizing its gnawing abilities, the mouse will create openings large enough for its body to slip through. While rare, the occupants of the impacted home may detect the gnawing sounds coming from the direction, where the rodent is working.
Openings as small as ¼ inches in diameter will easily give the mouse ample space to infiltrate a home. However, to access the interior from the exterior of the home, the mouse must create such an opening. The entry point leading from the exterior to the interior, with minimal restrictions.
Is A Mouse Infestation Unhealthy?
Yes, mice and rats have been scientifically linked to various life-threatening illnesses. Lassa fever. Plague, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, hantavirus, rate-bite fever, leptospirosis, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis are all rat-borne illnesses.
The rodents spread disease to humans through infected contaminants in their feces and urine. As the mouse is foraging for food, it is dropping fecal matter on the floor, kitchen countertop, dining table, sink, dishes, silverware, cutting boards, and cutlery.
The infected fecal droppings also end up in the family’s food supply. Vulnerable food packaging, constructed from plastic bags, paperboard, and Styrofoam.
Do Rats Cause Structural Damage?
Absolutely, rats do cause structural damage to drywall, studs, flooring, subflooring, and other building materials and components. The longer the rodents go undetected in your home, the severer the damage will become. As mentioned multiple times in the content above, the rodent’s incisors are continuously growing. To prevent overgrowth, every rodent finds itself continuously gnawing on various structures. With this said, rodents do cause structural damage to houses, commercial establishments, public facilities, and vacant buildings.
What Is The Most Effective Mouse Extermination Method?
Professional rodent management is considered by most US exterminators as “the best” extermination strategy. Our professional pest control is suitable for both the house mouse, deer mouse, and rat species. We firmly believe a partnership with our exterminators and clients will ensure maximum results in the shortest duration. When it comes to rodents, humans are not partial to sharing their homes. In fact, no one is willing to share their home with rats or mice because they fear structural damage, diseases, and feces mess.
How To Submit A Rat Management Service Request?
We have three customer support contact options. The most recommended option is a phone call. Our customer support can be reached quickly via a phone call than any other option. The second quickest and easiest customer support contact method is social media. One of our pest control experts can be reached quickly via social media.
Last, but not least, our customer support can be reached via email. We need at least 24 hours to respond to email service questions.
Does Professional Rodent Bait Contain Harmful Ingredients?
Our professional rodenticide products are designed to offer 100 percent effectiveness in rodent extermination. Conventional rodenticides do contain toxic ingredients that may pose health risks to humans and animals. Rodenticide toxins may also harm the environment. Our exterminators have successfully reduced these risks by limiting our rodenticide products to EPA-approved brands.
The Environmental Protection Agency “EPA” oversees the sale and production of rodenticides and other rodent bait products. Manufacturers are required by law to obtain EPA approval for their rodenticides before they can enter the US market.
What Techniques Are Effective In Preventing Rodent Invasion?
Rodents invade homes for one reason, which is no other than to access the essentials – water, shelter, safety, warmth, and food. There comes a time when rodents are faced with food shortages. This especially applies to the winter season. Fortunately, most rat and mouse species hibernate throughout the winter seasons, allowing them to survive on minimal stored nutrients.
Another reason why rats and mice are forced to expand their search for food is colonization. Many rodent species, including the rat and mouse, colonize in large numbers. The higher the population of a rat colony, the higher volume of food needed to feed every member.
Rat nests are most often found in basements, crawlspaces, kitchens, attics, inside walls, and bathrooms. Rodent nesting is all about discretion, which plays a big role in survival after home infiltration. In the natural habitat, mice build their nests near ponds, rivers, and creeks, near landfills, firewood and lumber piles, garbage bins, and vacant buildings.
Rats and mice spread disease via contaminated fecal material. Some of these diseases can be life-threatening when left untreated for any amount of time. Keeping your family healthy requires significant prevention measures, such as the following:
- Close all entry points, utilizing metal sheeting cut-to-fit
- Develop a household waste disposal routine
- The transition from vulnerable food packagings to stainless steel, glass, and ceramic storage containers with resealable lids
- Develop a house cleaning schedule, targeting high-risk rat infestation areas.
Reclaim Your Houston Home With Our Mice And Rat Removal Services
Houston is home to a lot of beautiful homes. Whether you’ve invested in Houston real estate or you’ve purchased a home in the city, you’ll want to make sure it is perfect. Since you’re living in Houston, there is a risk that you’re going to experience an array of problems but some are worse than others. If you’re not careful, you may find that a rat has been living in your home. Rats and mice are hideous. Plus, they can create numerous problems for you and your loved ones. For instance, they’re going to destroy your property.
More importantly, you have to understand that rodents can transmit an array of diseases. If you eat food that has been contaminated by a rodent, you might develop a nasty disease. To stop that from happening, you should contact us.
We Offer Humane Treatments
Many of our clients are only interested in getting rid of the rodents in their homes. Others want to make sure that they do not disrupt the natural order. Some Houston residents want to make sure that the mice and rats in their homes are not killed. We can accommodate these individuals. Snap traps are cruel so you likely do not want to use them to get rid of rodents. If you want to protect the rodents in your home, you should call us. We offer humane treatments that will get rid of your rodents conveniently.
You never know when you’re going to run into rodents. Mice and rats do not operate on your schedule. Instead, they’re going to show up in the middle of the night and give you a scare. We’re one of the leading rat exterminators in Houston because we will operate on your schedule. We understand that you want to get rid of the rats and mice as quickly as possible. This is why we are thrilled to offer same-day services. We don’t want you to take any more risks and you shouldn’t.
Our company operates around the clock so we can protect you. Our company is open 365 days each year. When you need our assistance, we’ll be here to help.
Reasons We’re The Best Rodent Exterminator For You
We know that you’re skeptical of Houston exterminators. Just remember that we’re different than our competitors. We’ve worked diligently over the years to ensure we can provide our Houston clients with the best services possible. Our services can be carried out quickly, conveniently, and affordable. We also offer the following benefits.
- We listen to customer feedback to improve our services
- Human treatments are available
- We can get rid of your rodents conveniently and safely
- We’ll do our best to protect you
- We’re insured for added peace of mind
We’re Ready Now!
You cannot let rodents turn your home into a nightmare. When you’re ready to reclaim your home from rats and mice, you’ll want to contact us. We offer comprehensive rat removal services that will help you avoid future headaches. Call today so you can wake up to a rodent-free home tomorrow.