It's Rodent Prevention month at DA Exterminating, so we want to share with you some pictures and tips from an actual job that we recently handled. As with many commercial pest control accounts, the proprietors had not taken our advice for rodent proofing measures. Once we photographed the problem areas and pointed out the importance of exclusion in rodent prevention, they complied with our suggestions. Their rodent problems were solved by using the following suggestions. Though each situation is different, we think these photos and tips are applicable to any rodent prevention program. Give us a call if you suspect rodent problems in your home or business - 800-650-PEST.
Rodents (mice and rats) carry and transmit at least 25 diseases. You and your family are at risk of contracting some of these more common diseases if there are rodents in your home.
Here are some things you can do!
Not all pests that we battle are bugs. We wage war on a few little furry pests that may (to some) seem cute and cuddly, but the reality is – they can be very dangerous. We’ve covered the damage rodents can do in other blog posts, so today we’re going to talk about what they love about your home!
Millie sat down to a nice breakfast in her apartment kitchen when, out of the corner of her eye, she thought she saw something move. When she turned to look, it was gone. “Just my imagination,” she said to herself. Later in the morning, she opened her dishtowel drawer and discovered a lot of shredded paper-like stuff. Then some little brown pellets caught her attention. “What the. . . ,” she mumbled.
You guessed it. Millie has mice in her apartment! There are several signs that mice have invaded your home. There are several signs that mice have invaded your home besides actually seeing them scurrying around. Here are some signs you should pay attention to:
Fecal matter – The fact is, mice are filthy animals and defecate anywhere, anytime, even right next to the food they eat. So watch for little rice-shaped dark pellets!
Food residue — Mice chew their way into their food. You may find holes in the bottom of bags of dog food or bird seed, and you may see crumbs, empty seed hulls, and other debris in the area.
Urine-like smell – The presence of mice may give off a distinctive strong urine odor that will be obvious in enclosed areas such as in pantries or kitchen cabinets.
Chewed wood & wiring — Mice can damage furniture and wiring in homes and even in cars!
Debris – Mice like to hunker down in the warmth of your home and will nest in insulation, boxes or where other paper goods are found. So if you see shredded substances, you’ll know mice have taken up residence!
Sounds – You may hear scratching noises in your walls or ceilings and many times, the noises sound like they are coming from much bigger animals!
Mouse nests – Watch out for nests. Mice build nests with shredded material such as paper and cardboard. They build nests in enclosed places such as behind appliances, in cabinets walls and ceilings.
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So if you see any of these signs, the best way to prevent a mouse infestation is to call DA Exterminating to set up a rodent control program for you! Call us today at 800-650-7378!
Mouse math is simply the calculation of how many young mice one pair of mice can have over a year. Mice can produce 6 to 8 babies per litter, sometimes as many as ten and to make matters more complicated, they have many litters each year. One male and female mouse alone can produce up to 139 babies in one year. Multiply that by the fact that each litter starts cranking out babies within 9 weeks of birth and you can see how quickly a couple of mice can get out of control. In one year, a pair of little house mice could ultimately produce thousands and thousands of offspring.
According to the American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association (yep, there really is such a thing). . . “Start with 2 baby mice, one of each sex. At 6 weeks old the female can become pregnant. Gestation is 3 weeks, and under optimal conditions the female can become pregnant again immediately after giving birth. Assume a litter of eight, four male and four female, which are paired and bred when they are 6 weeks old. Theoretically you could get: 131,258 in 52 weeks.”
Granted this is theoretical only and doesn’t take into account baby mouse fatalities, deaths by cat and other unfortunate demises that little mice may encounter during their short lives. But the fact remains: a pair of mice, left unchecked, can result in potentially thousands of individuals, all hungry to keep their population sustained and multiplying.
So, the bottom line is. . . . Don’t assume that, if you see a mouse in your house or business, it’s the only one! As fast as they multiply, it’s likely that there are MANY more! Give us a call for our expert rodent control services. We’re good at mouse math and mouse extermination!!
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John and Mary were awakened one night by the sound of scratching in their ceiling. It sounded like a big creature was running very fast back and forth. They lay awake for hours wondering what could have invaded their home. The next morning, John decided it must be a squirrel. Off to the hardware store, he went in search of squirrel repellent, squirrel traps and anything else he could find. The store employee was helpful in helping find what he thought he needed. So $150 later, he headed home confident that he was armed with the best weapons to take care of the squirrel! He employed all the methods he purchased and went to bed that night, sure that they would not hear more scratching the ceiling. A week passed and every night, John & Mary told each other, “It takes time for these things to work, so we’ll give it another few days.”
Finally, after 5 more nights of scratching, they called in a professional. They did not have a squirrel in the attic, but rather a mouse infestation. The pest control company found chewed wires, mouse droppings and several mouse nesting areas.
The moral of the story: John and Mary spent a lot of money and many sleepless nights trying to take care of the pest problem they did not have. Only the professional could do the job adequately and completely!
While you may be tempted to do your own pest control, it’s not the smartest decision. Incidents have been reported where people used “bug bombs” to try to do their own pest control and ended up blowing up their home or causing serious fires.
There are many elements that we take into consideration when we perform pest control with chemical materials such as: 1. Is it the safest material for the job?
2. Is it labeled for indoor or outdoor use?
3. How often can it be applied?
4. What is the re-entry time for pets and humans?
5. Where is the best place to apply the material?
6. Do we need protective equipment to mix and apply the product?
7. How should the material be stored?
8. Will the material kill or repel the insects?
9. If material is spilled, what is the best way to clean it up?
10. And finally, are we treating for the right pest?
You may save money initially by purchasing products over the internet or in a store, but in the long run, it may cost you more than your initial investment. Professionals like our technicians at DA Exterminating know how to treat your home or business and they’ll service on a regular basis. When doing your own pest control, you tend to treat when you think you need to, and not on a regular basis. If you plan to do it yourself, pest control is one of those things you may forget about or may fall to the bottom of your “to-do” list, whereas we will be sure your house is taken care of regularly.
Lastly, by hiring DA Exterminating to take care of your pest control services, you reduce your exposure to the actual pest control products and ensure that they will be applied where they need to be.
The pest control service from DA Exterminating is a much better value and a more effective solution than the “Do It Yourself Approach”.
A mouse taking a ride in a car can make for a startling stowaway, not to mention some expensive repair work.
Mice can do thousands of dollars in damage to a car – both the motor and the interior. We heard of a woman who discovered (while she was driving) several baby mice crawling around the floor of her front seat. (We can only imagine the chaos that took place after that discovery!)
The car was kept immaculate and parked in a clean garage but these little buggers found a way into the insulation behind the glove compartment. All told, it cost about $400 to get the mouse nest out of the car.
The garage showed signs of a mouse infestation, so bait boxes were installed and she has had no problems since.
What mice do! Mice can chew insulation, fuel lines, air filters, ductwork, heat ducts, upholstery, hoses and more. Cars that are stored and undriven for periods of time are particularly susceptible to rodent infestations.
What can you do? A quick internet search recommends moth balls (too stinky) or dryer sheets placed around the motor and interior (which a lot of people say doesn’t really work). Of course, a big cat that lives in your garage might also be a possibility!
The best solution? Call DA Exterminating and we’ll be out to protect your garage from rodents!