When dealing with pests, "rodent control" can mean mice, rats, voles, and other rodents. Bainbridge/SPS Pest Control can identify and treat any rodent-related issues you may have, including:
We're not talking about the kind you control your computer with. Or the kind that you can keep as a pet. Mice as pests are able to get into your home by squeezing themselves into gaps as small as a ¼-inch, or by chewing their way in. And, once mice are in your home, they contaminate your food with urine & droppings, as well as serving as carriers for diseases including typhus, rabies, Rickettsialpox, and more, as well as being flea carriers. Mouse-related contamination, or "murine-contaminated" food is extremely dangerous to humans.
If you hear scratching noises at night, or see small pointy-ended droppings, you should contact Bainbridge/SPS Pest Control right away. It's unlikely that you'll be able to treat the problem yourself due to how a mouse can squeeze its way through tiny crevices. Bainbridge/SPS Pest Control will do a perimeter examination and determine how mice are getting into your house and how to stop them with our exclusion services.
Just like their mouse cousins, rats can also squeeze their way into your home—they can force themselves through openings as small as ½-inch, as well as being able to run up pipes, on horizontal wires, and stretch their bodies up to 13” to reach. Besides their agility, they also can use their developed front teeth to gnaw through a variety of materials: wood, lead pipes, cinder block, aluminum, and even glass won't keep a persistent rat out.
In the United States, the two most common species of pest rats are the Norway rat (also called the brown rat or sewer rat) and the roof rat. In Ohio, we primarily have the Norway rat to worry about. Just like mice, rats are carriers of a variety of diseases, including some that can be fatal to humans. They can spread Salmonella food poisoning, Weils disease, trichinosis, and more. In addition, they're not entirely afraid of humans; an estimated 14,000-24,000 bites to humans occur every year. Infants and the elderly are also common attack targets for rats. But, rats are also wary and adapted to living around humans—hundreds of rats can be living in, under, or around a building with no one in the area aware that the rats are even there.
Rats also love to gnaw on electrical wiring, and they contaminate even more food and water than a house mouse. In short, rats are a serious problem.
Treating a rat infestation is a challenging task that requires a fully integrated approach, including physical and environmental treatment such as improving sanitation, rat-proofing, reducing the places where rats can hide, and trapping, along with baiting and other materials.
Voles are often called field mice due to how similar they are to your regular mouse, but they have a stouter body and other physical differences from mice. They aren't as dangerous to humans as mice and rats can be, but they're still a pest, as they damage trees, shrubs, and lawns. Both trapping programs as well as environmental adjustments can be used to control and prevent voles from making your yard their home.
A common misonception is that your house pet will handle your rodent problem. While your cat or terrier may be able to catch the rodents you see, contamination will likely already have occurred, and today's domestic cats are not as effective mousers as barn or feral cats are. In addition, Scratches the Cat won't be able to do anything about preventing rodents from returning. Call Bainbridge/SPS Pest Control today.