It can be embarrassing, frustrating, and expensive to have a rat problem. Family members, friends, neighbors, or relatives can think you are a “bad housekeeper” or are dirty when that is certainly not the case at all. Furthermore, a business owner who has a problem exposes his or her reputation to many people and this can threaten the business itself. We offer high quality pest control.
Rodents, such as mice and rats, are social animals. They will bring their family with them and live together in your house or building.
Rats & Mice
Not only are most people disgusted by the thought of rats or mice in their home, but these also pose a number of health threats. According to the CDC, the rodents found in Miami can carry a number of diseases. While not all will be carriers of diseases, they can still be a nuisance around the house as they chew everything they come across. It is not uncommon to find chewed electrical cords and food supplies when mice and rats are involved. They will chew through practically anything when trying to get to food. In fact, they will even chew through a wall if they think there is food on the other side.
Also, they don’t always have to chew a big hole because they can squeeze through tiny holes. In fact, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickle to the size of a quarter. And, believe it or not, rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar. This is usually how mice and rats or others originally get into a home or business. They squeeze through some tiny hole that no one notices. That is why it is very important that any rodent control measures include finding the gaps and holes that allowed entry in the first place. This is a service that our licensed specialists can perform for you.
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
These are just a few diseases that rats have been known to carry. Of course, not every one you encounter will have diseases. However, they can still be a big nuisance around your home because they chew and destroy everything. It isn’t unusual to find electrical cords that have been chewed on when you have mice and rats in your home. They can chew through practically anything if they have enough time and are searching for food. Larger mice or rats can even chew through walls if they want to get to food.
Common places for rats and mice to find gaps to squeeze through include around the pipes under your sink, between the floor and wall juncture, inside cabinets, and around doors. Don’t forget to look on the outside of your home for points of entry as well. The last thing you want is mice trapped in your walls and scratching all night and day. When the weather gets a little colder or the temperature drops they tend to seek shelter. Your home or business is the perfect place for this. Of course the temperature doesn’t fluctuate a lot, but that doesn’t mean they won’t still try to come inside your home or business.
Rodent Control: Prevention Tips
Fill any small holes and gaps you find with steel wool, which is kept in place with caulking around the edges. Larger holes can be fixed with metal sheeting, cement, lath metal or screen, or hardware cloth. Flashing–which is traditionally done on chimneys, can also be used around the base of your home to prevent them from getting into the house.
If this all sounds like too much work for you, don’t fear. We’d be happy to send out our experts to not only rid your home of existing rodents, but to secure it from future invasions as well. Just give us a call at (305) 290-4398 to learn more and get instant removal.