Rodent Control: Rat And Mice Extermination
Having mice or rats around is any homeowner’s worst nightmare. They can damage property, eat your food, or spread disease. Rodents are experts at finding entrances to homes. Rats can gnaw through anything to get where they want to go, and mice can squeeze through tiny cracks and openings.
If you are facing a rodent issue on your own, it can be daunting and never ending. Insight Pest Solutions is top-notch pest control that can take care of your rodent issues. Our rat exterminators, often referred to as service technicians, are experts in getting rid of rats and mice and are licensed to do so.
We are your local rodent removal experts. During our inspections, our technicians will assess the risk of rodents finding their way inside your home, locate the problem areas, and offer rodent control tips to minimize that risk. If you are already seeing rodents, we will take the necessary steps to get rid of them.
Common Rodents In The Pacific Northwest
There are four different rodents to keep an eye out for in the Pacific Northwest. Each breed has a slightly different habitat and distinct interests and effects on your home.
If you see a rodent in your house, identifying what type of rodent it is can help us determine where they are coming from more quickly and which kind of rodent control is most appropriate for your situation. Here are a few facts to help you identify the different types of rats and mice:
Roof rats have big ears, pointed noses, and tails longer than the rest of their body. They are black or grey and love to climb. These rats are most often found in your attic or outside of your home. When you picture a rat from a movie or tv show, a roof rat is most likely what pops into your mind.
The Norway rat is brown and much smaller than a roof rat. They prefer to hang out in your basement, lower stories, or underground. Norway rats have tiny ears and blunt noses. These rats are still larger than mice and have hairless tails characteristic of rats rather than mice.
As the name would suggest, the most common mouse to find within your home is a house mouse. They can be grey or brown and are most likely found living close to food. Other defining characteristics include rounded ears, a pointed nose, and a scaly tail.
Unlike a house mouse, deer mice have tails that are bicolored. They tend to have extra long tails and feet. Deer mice are carriers of hantavirus. If you see one of these in your home, don’t delay in calling a mice exterminator.
Each type of rodent requires a different extermination and prevention method. We are prepared to handle them all.
How To Get Rid Of Rats And Mice
If you are seeing signs of rats and mice within your home, the easiest and most effective solution is to call your local rat exterminator as soon as possible. We have access to professional tools with licensed exterminators prepared to get rid of the rodents in your home. If you aren’t seeing signs of rodents, it is still beneficial to have pest control as prevention is the most effective method of rodent removal.
While having a pest control company take care of rodents is best, home owners can take steps to prevent rodents as well. Here are some steps you can take to prevent a rat infestation:
- Cover all pipes, cracks, and openings into your home with mesh, rocks, or some kind of exterior sealant. Your goal is to remove any entry points for rats or mice. Think small and durable. They can squeeze through tiny spaces and aren’t afraid to gnaw their way into the place they want to be.
- Clear any foliage, branches, trees, or brush. Rodents like to live in these areas, and some might give rodents a ladder to access entrance points higher up on your home.
- Pack away all food that they might enjoy inside. Keep your pantry free from open or easy to rip into bags. Make it hard for rats to find your food to eat.
Rodent Extermination And Control Services
Insight Pest Solutions is your local rodent control experts. Our team is prepared to assist you in every step of the process whether you need to get rats and mice out of your home or are trying to prevent their arrival in the first place.
Call us today, your local rodent exterminators, to keep your home rodent free.