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FAST, EFFECTIVE EXTERMINATION OF MICE AND RATS

When you have rodent trouble, a solution can’t wait.

Professional Rodent Control in Clearwater

Just a few rats or mice can quickly turn into an infestation. Fortunately, Turner Pest Control can help. 

To prevent a dangerous infestation, contact our Clearwater pest control experts at the first sign of rodent activity. We’ll quickly respond to rid your home of rats, mice, or other rodents using the most modern extermination methods. 

Turner’s Rat and Mouse Extermination Services

Rodents reproduce rapidly with just one female rat able to give birth every three weeks—and so it’s crucial to get professional rodent removal in Clearwater, FL, ASAP. Our experienced team will identify the rodent types in your house, and then strategically place baited traps using the specific type of bait preferred by the targeted species. We’ll also conduct a home inspection to ensure that any potential entry points are sealed to keep rodents from coming back inside in the future.

With our rodent control in Clearwater, you can expect the following benefits:

  • FREE HOME INSPECTION: We’ll find the places where rodents can enter your home, and where they nest, breed, and travel throughout your home.
  • TAILORED PLAN: Based on what we learn from our inspection and through our extensive experience, we’ll create a customized plan—one that dovetails with your specific needs and the infestation’s severity.
  • TREATMENT CHOICES: Turner offers rodenticide bait as well as snap traps that are safer for children and pets. We recognize that every customer’s needs are unique so we focus on providing highly effective choices.
  • MONITORING: After strategically placing traps or bait, our team will regularly return to empty and relocate the treatments in spots throughout your home until the problem is solved.
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Rodents 101: What’s Important to Know

Rodents can go beyond being annoying because of threats they pose to your family’s health and to your Clearwater home. Because of these dangers, rat control in Clearwater is a must—and the more you know about rodents and how they live, the more effectively you can keep these pests away from your family and home. For example, rats and mice come inside homes to find shelter, food, and water, and then for places to nest and breed.

You won’t always see them directly, but you’ll likely be able to spot signs of their presence. These signs include:

  • Noises: At night, you may hear scurrying sounds as rodents move in your walls or attic along with scratching sounds. In fact, you may notice sounds before any other infestation signs.
  • Track marks: Rodents have oily fur and, as they move closely along walls and baseboards, they can leave behind greasy or dirty marks as their fur rubs along those baseboards and walls.
  • Nests: Rats and mice will seek dark, out of the way spots in your Clearwater house to build nests. That way, they’re less likely to be disturbed. Although you may not see the nests, watch for shredded paper or packing materials, or little piles of fabric or insulation that the rodents might use to build nests.
  • Gnawing signs: To keep their teeth sharp, rodents must regularly gnaw on objects. Unfortunately, when inside a home, they will chew on wooden portions that are needed for structural integrity, plus pipes, wires, and more. 
  • Droppings: Rats and mice leave behind pellets: in cabinets and kitchen pantries where they seek food; along baseboards; under kitchen and bathroom sinks; in cardboard containers; and more. When you clean droppings, wear gloves because they can spread disease, aggravate asthma; and trigger allergies.

 

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT RODENTS

Some household pests are just annoying, but rodents pose a number of threats that make professional extermination a must.
DANGERS

Rodents can carry diseases that can be contracted by having contact with their feces, saliva, urine, or bodies, or by being bitten. They also indirectly spread disease through insects that have fed on them.

DIET

Mice and rats will eat any type of food they find. While they don’t consume wiring or wood, they chew them to sharpen their teeth or create nests. Chewed wiring in your home or vehicle can lead to a fire.

INFESTATION SIGNS

Even if you don’t see a rodent, you may see their signs: droppings along baseboards, in boxes, or where food is stored or prepared. You may see damage they’ve done to food packaging or hear them moving around.

PREVENTION

Keep rodents away by taking away their access to your food—store food in sealed containers that rodents can’t chew through. You should also find and eliminate their entry points, even those as small as a quarter of an inch.

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Clearwater Rodent Prevention Strategies

Although there’s no foolproof way to keep rats and mice out of your home (after all, they live all around the country, including in Florida), there are actions you can take to help keep them out of your home:

  • Close up entry points: Inspect your home for holes in the walls, such as where plumbing, utilities, and cables come in. Also look at your doors and windows and patch holes, add weatherstripping, and repair or replace screens.
  • Remove food and water sources: Keep counters and floors free of food; even a few bites can equal a rodent’s late night snack. Wipe up spills; store food in airtight containers; and repair leaks. At night, remove your pet’s food and water bowls, inside and out. 
  • Keep rain gutters clean. If you don’t have them on your house, consider installing them to channel water away from the foundation. This helps to prevent rodent infestations while helping to keep other pests away.
  • Move mulch away from your home’s foundation, at least several inches away. This helps to prevent rodents from building nests right by your home.
  • Tightly seal outdoor garbage cans.
  • As soon as you spot signs of trouble, reach out for professional rat control in Clearwater. The sooner you call, the more quickly we can interrupt their breeding cycle.

Diseases spread by rodents include Hantavirus, bubonic plague, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever, transmitted by touching an infected rat or mouse (dead or alive) or their droppings. Plus, when fleas, ticks, and mites feed on rodent blood, these critters can then contaminate the food in your home and transmit diseases carried by these rodents. 

In addition, rodents will gnaw through wood, wallboard, wiring, cardboard, insulation, and more, which poses significant risks to your home. If they get into your vehicle, they’ll nest under the hood and can damage the wiring.

Contact Turner Pest Control for Rodent Removal in Clearwater, FL

We make it simple to get started. Just schedule a free inspection online or by calling (813) 565-7333. Our expert team will conduct a thorough inspection and provide you with customized recommendations and treatments. With each visit, we’ll provide you with unsurpassed customer service as we use the latest and most effective treatments available today with your family’s safety front of mind in all we do. We also guarantee your satisfaction. If you’re ever dissatisfied, we’ll return at no charge until you are happy with our service. Finally, we make pest control simple: no long complicated contracts and you can cancel at any time with no fees. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Preventive measures are the best defense against having rats and mice take up residence in your home, but professional rodent control is the most effective way to eliminate existing problems with rats and mice.

The most important things you can do to rodent-proof your home are:

  • Block all of their points of entry. Rodents can squeeze through the tiniest openings, so inspect your home for small cracks and look for crevices or other openings around all of the pipes and utility lines that come through your walls, attic and crawlspace. Seal openings around pipes with metal mesh or steel wool followed by cement. 
  • Eliminate the access provided by branches, shrubs and anything else that acts as a bridge to the exterior of your home.
  • Feed outdoor pets during the day and take in any remaining food at night.
  • Keep outside trash and garbage cans tightly sealed.
  • Inside your home, store food in airtight containers, keep countertops free of bits of food, and eliminate sources of water in your bathroom and kitchen that leaky faucets may provide.

The cost of rodent control depends on several factors, including how many rats or mice you have or whether there’s an extensive infestation, the method of rodent extermination used, and just which type of rodent problem you have. We’ll be happy to come out to your home, assess your rodent issues, and give you a free, customized estimate for our comprehensive rodent control services.

The most effective methods that professionals employ to get rid of rats and mice include setting different types of traps, using bait stations that attract the type of rodent you have. Additional rat control services include a close inspection of your home or property to determine where rats or mice are nesting and locate the openings they may be using to get inside your home. We’ll be glad to tell you about all of our rodent control services—please give us a call or contact us online.

Catching mice with traps can quickly reduce your mouse population, but it’s important to do it right. Keep in mind that occasionally spotting a mouse running around your house doesn’t mean that you’re seeing the same one. In fact, there could be many more hiding in your walls, behind appliances, and in other out-of-the-way spots, so you need to set many more traps than you probably think you need. Additional methods of mouse extermination include bait stations, but the use of these should be left to rodent control professionals.

Like any warm-blooded animal, rats and other types of rodents must have shelter, water and food. If they can’t find those things outdoors, they’ll scout for a way into homes.

Rats have their preferred foods, such as grains and fruits, but if those aren’t handy, they’ll eat just about anything else they can find in your garbage can, dog or cat food bowls, or compost pile. If your garbage cans are unsecured, you leave food outdoors for pets, have bird feeders, or even a vegetable garden, your home may be a prime target for the local rat population. Water sources can include outdoor birdbaths or fountains, or even dripping faucets in your home.

Even though it’s common knowledge that rodents reproduce quickly, it’s astonishing just how fast mice can multiply. That’s why it’s so important to address a mouse problem as soon as you see the first one. Here are a few facts about how fast mice reproduce:

  • A single female mouse will have dozens of offspring in a year’s time
  • Gestation is only about three weeks long
  • A mouse can mate right after giving birth, keeping the cycle going without a break
  • Female offspring will be ready to reproduce in just six weeks

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