When you have rodent trouble, a solution can’t wait.
Few people are happy when they see a mouse—or, even worse—a rat in their home. And, when you think about how one single female rat can reproduce every three weeks, these rodents are even less welcome. That’s why, even when you may have a relatively small problem with mice or rats, it’s important to get professional rodent control services as soon as you can.
Fortunately, if you have a problem with mice or rats, Turner Pest Control can solve it. We quickly rid your home of rodents, with our friendly, experienced technicians offering fast extermination and pest control services.
Request a free inspection online or call (813) 681-6381.
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.
Our technicians use the most up-to-date methods, strategically setting traps and then using the specific kind of bait the rodents in your home prefer. To protect you from future infestations, we inspect your home and seal potential entry points.
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.
Rodents live throughout the United States, so it wouldn’t be surprising if they were in your St. Petersburg neighborhood. To help prevent them from getting into your home, close up entry points. This means filling in and patching holes, perhaps where plumbing or cables come in. Keep your door screens and window screens in good condition and add new weatherstripping, where needed.
Keep counters and floors free of food, even crumbs from a late night snack. Wipe up spills as soon as you can; store food in airtight containers; put your pet’s food and water bowls away at night (and this includes ones inside and out); and repair plumbing leaks.
If you don’t have gutters, consider installing them because they can channel water away from your home. If you have gutters already, keep them clean. If you have mulch, keep it several inches from the foundation of your home to prevent this from attracting rodents in search of a nesting spot. Keep outdoor garbage cans tightly sealed.
Ideally, these strategies will keep the rodents out of your home. If you notice signs that they have invaded the house, call for professional rodent extermination services as quickly as you can. Sometimes, rodents have up to a dozen babies—and that’s every three weeks! So, you can see how fast they can multiply and, the sooner you call for help, the more quickly we can interrupt the infestation process in your St. Petersburg home.
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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