If you’ve noticed some worrisome signs in your house like piles of small droppings, scrabbling sounds and squeaks in the night, and bite marks in your food packaging, you may have a rodent infestation. Rodent Infestations are common domestic problems in both urban and rural areas, but most of the time require a professional pest exterminator to rid your home of the intruders. Your unwanted house guests, whom you may never have laid eyes on, could be some of the following:
- House mice
Small and brown, these tiny animals love grains, cereals, and other foods. They love to wreak havoc in a kitchen or pantry. They are prolific reproducers and can generate up to 6 litters of 7-10 pups a year.
- Deer mice
Reddish or golden-brown, this species is larger than the house mouse. They are more likely to live in rural areas in outbuildings and garages as well as homes. They are carriers of hantavirus, which can be deadly for humans.
- Norway rat
Grayish brown, these are also known as sewer rats. They are much larger than mice and thrive wherever garbage collects. They can be very destructive, chewing through wood, plaster, and other building materials.
All of these pests can gain access to your home via multiple entry points like worn door thresholds, gaps around window frames, cracks in building foundations, around pipes, dryer vents, attic vents, and soffits. Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as a dime, while rats can enter through quarter-sized holes.
Get Them Out
Once in your home, rodents may be impervious to DIY solutions; traps can prove to be ineffective if not used correctly, and poison can also be a hazard to pets and children. In addition to being carriers of disease, rodents can cause a lot of destruction. For peace of mind and quick and friendly service, contact the experts at Critter Control® serving West Palm Beach.
Not only are our professionals trained in safely removing the rodents from your house, but they’ll also prevent any future infestations by sealing up all entryways the rodents used to get into your home. For your free consultation, call us today at 561-274-0224.