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Rodents are found on every continent except Antarctica. In North America, the most common types of rodents causing problems in homes or businesses are mice and rats. However, there are other wildlife pests that can cause damage to your property, including chipmunks, moles, voles, gophers, and squirrels.
Mice and rats can cause tremendous damage to homes and businesses, and most rodent species have health risks associated with them. Ehrlich Pest Control offers rodent control services that can help you get rid of rodents and prevent their return.
At Ehrlich, we incorporate an integrated pest management (IPM) approach in our rodent control services, designed to provide effective and environmentally friendly control and management solutions. Our rodent control methods can vary and include:
An inspection prior to quoting will provide the most accurate cost for our rodent control service, as service cost can depend on:
Our Technicians will start with a property inspection to determine if you have mice or rats, and then work with you to find the right solution for your needs.
To put it simply: safety. Both mice and rats are an extreme health hazard to home and business owners alike and can cause tremendous problems if not controlled.
Rodent control is crucial to avoid contracting and spreading a number of serious diseases that both rats and mice transmit. Rats and mice can also contaminate food and other materials through the droppings and urine they leave behind.
In addition to health risks and diseases, rodents love to gnaw on things. Mice and rats can damage your property’s insulation and can chew through floor joists and walls. They have also caused fires by chewing through electrical cables and can damage data lines, both of which can be very expensive to repair.
No homeowner wants to deal with a rodent problem on their own. These creatures are notoriously good at hiding, which is why it almost always takes a trained professional to effectively get rid of the infestation. There are reasons why it’s important to call a rodent control expert:
If you catch sight of a rodent in your home, it’s important to call a professional right away before the situation becomes worse. Some of the signs of rats or mice in your property include droppings, piles of shaved wood, nesting materials, foul odors, scratching sounds, and, of course, seeing the rodent itself.
Here are the top six signs of a rodent infestation:
The difference between the signs of rats and the signs of mice is subtle, but important — size. Droppings, smudge marks, and holes created by rats are larger. Mice are smaller - chewing smaller holes in walls and leaving smaller droppings behind.
Electronic rodent repellents are not the best way to get rid of rodents. At first, you may notice a decline, but rodent activity will return once the rats or mice become acclimated to the new stimulus.
Rats and mice look similar, but rats have larger, heavier bodies and mice are fairly slender. Aside from their size, mice and rats also differ in their nesting location and eating habits. For example, mice can go a month or more without directly consuming water, but will drink it if it’s available. Conversely, rats need to drink one to two ounces a day depending on the species.
Rodent exclusion is the best method to get rid of rodents and keep them out. Exclusion involves sealing any cracks, gaps, holes, and crevices in your home to keep the rodents from infesting your property.
Mice and rats pose serious health risks to humans because of the diseases they can transmit. Their droppings can contaminate food and the surfaces they walk on. There is even a protein in mouse urine that triggers asthma attacks. Dried urine has bacteria that can last weeks to months on a surface causing other potential health risks such as lepto.
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