Bugs aren’t the only animals that like to infest human homes, rodents are another pest that can really do damage. Let’s go over some of the rodents most likely to try to come inside and make themselves at home.
Rats: The first thought that people have when they think of rodents invading is of course rats. Rats are warm-blooded mammals, and unlike their bad reputation are actually very intelligent creatures. The two most common types are black rats and brown rats. They are typically less than 10 inches in length, have a long tail and a pointed nose. Their fur is smooth and sleek. Pet rats are gaining popularity in the United States, but untamed rats are a nuisance and can be carriers of disease. Your first step in getting rid of these rodents is to try to determine their entry point. They often come in through cracks and holes as small as half an inch in size. Check window screens, and clear away any branches of trees that are close to your home, which may allow entry from the roof.
Mice: Mice are another warm-blooded mammal that likes to invade human homes. These too have been kept as pets, but the wild versions can be harbingers of disease and vermin that cause damage to homes. The most common species known in America are the house mouse and the deer mouse. They often come into homes to seek food, and are nocturnal so they are most often seen at night. It can be unnerving to realize you aren’t the only one looking for a midnight snack in the kitchen! A single pair of mice can reproduce up to 100 offspring in as little as two months, which is why it is important to get the situation under control in a hurry. Any holes should be sealed around your home and foodstuffs should be kept in metal containers when stored in cabinets.
Is it Rats or Mice?
There are plenty of telltale signs of rodent infestation. You may find droppings, urine stains or tracks in dusty areas. You may see gnaw marks around your home, or find foodstuffs eaten. Wires may have been chewed and there may be holes in the corners of your home. A musky bad odor may also be smelled in the home when rodents are nearby, and nests of materials may be found. If you haven’t seen the culprits yourself it can be hard to tell if it is a rat or a mouse. Larger droppings and larger gnawed holes may signify rats. If you want to be sure before you begin, an expert opinion may be wise to seek.
Squirrels, rats, and other rodents are small animals, but they can cause big problems inside your home or business. In addition to spreading disease and leaving their droppings in your home, rodents can be highly destructive.
Empire State Pest control uses humane methods to trap and relocate rodents your home. If you have not found the rodent but suspect that one is in the house, we will be happy to provide you with a free estimate.
Pest can cause a lot of damage including:
- Chewed wiring, insulation, or other materials
- Animal droppings
- Unexplained stains or odors
- Strange noise
Rodents contaminate far more food than they actually consume. For example, in six months, one pair of mice can produce some 18,000 fecal droppings. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration destroys about 400,000 tons of food yearly that is contaminated by rodent droppings.
The teeth in rats are harder than iron, and the jaws can exert pressures of 24,000 pounds per square inch. The gnawing of rats and mice destroys foundations, doors, molding, insulation, plumbing, and sewer lines. They can chew into garbage cans, automobiles, priceless works of art, and nearly any other area or object in and around our homes and businesses. And rats chew wiring. From 5 to 25 percent of all fires of “undetermined origin” are believed to be caused by rats.
Even small animals such as rodents can attack, and their bites often become infected. For this reason, it is never a good idea to try to remove the animal yourself. We have years of experience, special equipment, and the expertise of our trained specialists. Give us a call and let us take care of your New York rodent problem for you.
After removing the animal from your home, the next step is to ensure that it cannot return. We can identify and seal likely entry points to prevent a re-entry.
If you are in need of our New York squirrel or rodent removal or rodent control services, give us a call today to schedule an inspection.