Why You Should Call The Pros About Rodents In Your Peachtree City Home
January 15, 2021
Has your house been invaded by rodents? Have you seen a mouse or rat scurrying around your house? They can cause big problems in a house by chewing things up, and whatever they don’t chew up they contaminate. Here are some characteristics of the rodents most commonly associated with Peachtree City, Georgia, as well as the dangers they pose, signs of infestation you should be on the lookout for, and what you need to do to get rid of them if they get inside.
Rats And Mice in Georgia
While there are several species of rats and mice found in Georgia, three in particular are notorious for breaking into homes: the house mouse, the roof rat, and the Norway rat.
The house mouse (Mus musculus) is about three inches long, excluding the tail, which measures about three inches by itself. House mice can come in a variety of colorations, but are most commonly white or brown. They have naked tails, but native mice have fur on their tails.
Rats are a lot bigger than mice. The first type of Georgia rat you should be aware of are roof rats (Rattus rattus), which grow up to about 6” long, not including their tail, which can reach 7” or higher in length. Roof rats weigh between five and ten ounces and are brown or black in color, with whitish or grayish fur on their bellies. Their fur is sleek, and their ears reach past their eyes. Roof rats are notable for their superior climbing ability, for which they are named - they commonly get into homes by climbing onto the roof and then into the attic.
Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) are generally brown or reddish-gray in color, whitish or grayish fur on their belly. They are typically larger than even roof rats, with bodies growing to up to 8” long and tails of similar lengths. They can weigh up to a pound, with a heavyset build. Their fur is coarse, and their ears do not reach past their eyes. In addition to their appearance, Norway rats differ from roof rats in that they seldom climb but instead prefer to swim.
Luckily, it is very seldom that you will have a rat and a mouse infestation at the same time: if you have rats, they will kill (and even eat) any mice on the property.
Rodents Are Dangerous
Both mice and rats carry diseases that humans can get and carry fleas and ticks that also carry diseases humans can get. Both can carry hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia, and Salmonella, among other diseases. Rats and mice also often play host to a number of parasites like fleas, which can in turn carry their own dangerous diseases. If a rat bites or scratches you, it can cause rat-bite fever, of which about 10% of cases are fatal.
Mice and rats cause numerous other problems beyond spreading disease. Rats and mice will chew up things, including electrical wires, and that can cause fires in homes. While mice prefer grains, rats eat practically anything - however, both rodents will eat your food and contaminate what they do not eat.
Signs Of Rodent Infestation
Rodents nest in out-of-the way locations around homes such as attics, garages, or basements. These areas provide both a secluded area to rest as well as copious amounts of potential nesting material they can use.
Mice will chew up cardboard, fabric, or insulation to make a nest, so they can tear up boxes in your attic or house. Both rodents like to nest in draws, boxes, and other places out of view. Gnaw marks are often present, as well.
Beyond the presence of torn up items around your home, the presence of urine and feces are usually the first sign you have a rodent problem. Beyond these two, the final sign of an infestation is the presence of live rodents. Both rats and mice are nocturnal and can quickly reproduce, so if you see a rat or mouse during the daytime, that means you probably have lots of them.
Get Rid Of Mice And Rats in Your Peachtree City Home
Rats and mice can be hard to get rid of. Sounds and flashing lights do not deter mice and rats, nor do repellents. While mice are inquisitive and will inspect traps and other new things in their environment, both mice and rats are cautious and will go around new things in their environments, making it hard to trap them. As an added difficulty, rats also require rat traps as they are too large for mice traps.
Mice can get into a home through a hole the size of a dime, while rats can get into a home through a hole the size of the quarter. This means that one of the best ways to prevent rodents in your home is to seal all the cracks and holes in your house. Stuff steel wool in holes and caulk the steel wool so it cannot be removed.
Beyond sealing your home, there are a few other helpful steps you can take to limit your risk for rodent infestation in your home, such as:
- Remove access to food by putting it in sealed containers
- Pick up pet food and water dishes in the evening so the rodents will not find them
- Put a squirrel guard on any bird feeders and remove spilled grain frequently
- Rodents must have access to water, so make sure there are no drips or leaks where they can find it
- Remove places to nest - store firewood away from the house and at least a foot off the ground
- Clean out the yard and make sure there is no junk or weeds where they could make a nest
- Clean the house of clutter where a rodent would want to nest - piles of paper, old food containers, and other messes invite the rodents to nest there
Why Why to Contact a Professional for Rodent Removal in Peachtree City
Getting rid of rats and mice is not easy. Running around trying to seal all the holes and cracks in your home can be physically hard to do, as can trapping the rodents. Being exposed to their nests and burrows risks exposure to diseases, while cleaning up after them can also expose you to diseases. Why not get rodent control help from a licensed and certified professional?
MSI Termite and Control can take care of any rodents that are in your house. MSI Termite and Control will place traps and baits around your house to catch the rodents, will treat inside and out to make sure they kill the rodents in your house and to make sure there are not any rodents outside to get in. Contact us at (770) 220-7081 so you can start living a rodent-free life.