When you have rodent trouble, a solution can’t wait.
If you see one mouse or rat in your house, there’s a good chance that many more of them are nesting in your home. The reality is that they live throughout the United States, and one single female rat can reproduce every three weeks, with as many as a dozen babies at a time. So it just makes sense to call in professionals for rodent control services, even when you still have a relatively small problem with rats and/or mice.
Turner Pest Control can quickly rid your Sarasota home of rodents, through our, fast, affordable, and highly effective rodent control services.
Request a free inspection online. Our friendly, experienced technicians will check your home and recommend a customized strategy for you. Or, call 800-225-5305 today.
A FREE INSPECTION: During a thorough inspection of your property, we locate all of the places where rodents may enter, nest, and travel through your home.
A TAILORED PLAN: Our analysis is the foundation for a plan that’s customized to your unique needs and to the severity of the infestation.
TREATMENT CHOICES: Every customer’s needs are different, so we offer you choices: a rodenticide in bait form, or snap traps that are safer for children and pets.
MONITORING: We place traps or bait in strategic locations throughout your home, then return at regular intervals to empty and relocate traps until your problem is resolved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Close up entry points into your home. This includes repairing or replacing door and window screens, when needed, and to use weatherstripping in appropriate places. Fill in and patch holes where plumbing pipes and cables come in, and look for any other potential entry points and address them.
Another key strategy is to keep counters and floors free from food. Wipe up spills quickly, sweep up crumbs from your late-night snacks, and store your food in airtight containers. At night, put your pet’s food and water bowls away, both inside and out. Repair plumbing leaks so the rodents don’t have a ready source of water.
Does your home have gutters? If so, keep them clean and in good repair, because they funnel water away from your house. If you don’t have them, consider installing them. Keep mulch several inches from your home’s foundation; this is an attractive nesting spot for rodents. Tightly seal your outdoor garbage cans and make it difficult for rats and mice to get inside waste cans.
These proactive strategies will, ideally, keep rats and mice out of your home. But, they aren’t foolproof. So, if you notice signs of a rodent infestation, call for professional help. Rats and mice can multiply quickly so, the faster you schedule your rodent extermination services, the more quickly we can interrupt the infestation process.
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:
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:
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