Rodent control methods vary depending on the particular species of rodents targeted. In order to get rid of rats, mice, or voles, our experienced technicians know which methods are most successful, as well are diligent to do so in a safe manner so as not to harm pets or humans. Treatment for mice, rats, and voles is included in our Quarterly Pest Control program.
The house mouse, deer mouse, and white-footed mouse are often invaders of our home or commercial structure. They may nest indoors or outdoors, but often enter structures with the onset of cooler temperatures, thus causing property owners to seek mouse control options. They eat anything humans will eat, and contaminate vast amounts of foodstuffs with their droppings and urine. They are also reservoirs and vectors of a variety of diseases, including Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Hantavirus. Control of mice begins with tracing how they entered the structure and blocking future access. Because their bones are cartilaginous, they are capable a squeezing through a hole the size of a dime. Once access has been denied, interior infestations are easily controlled with traps, glueboards, or rodenticides that have been carefully placed by a trained pest control professional who understands the best mice control methods.
Voles are small ground-dwelling rodents that can range from 3”-7” in length. Voles are frequently mistaken for moles, shrews, and mice. Finding voles in a home landscape is common in our area because of the proximity to naturalized areas, as well as many building sites were previously fields served as vole habitats. Voles feed on a variety of plants, roots, bulbs, and seeds. They are active both day and night, throughout the year. Voles construct tunnels throughout landscape areas with many entrances and can venture out into lawn areas during winter months when snow cover is prevalent. They will breed throughout the year, having 1 to 5 litters of 1 to 11 pups. Their activity is very dynamic and a challenge to manage, so a quarterly pest control program is the best method to manage vole populations and to keep damage of the surrounding landscape plants to a minimum. Vole control methods are a population reduction measure, while complete elimination is not a proper expectation.
Rats are typically the largest of commensal rodents, or those rodents that eat the same foods as man. They destroy foodstuffs by eating it, as well as contaminating it with their droppings and urine. They are also important vectors of several diseases, including plague. Adults range up to 9 1/2″ long and up to 20 ounces in weight. When alarmed, they extend special hairs on their body that make them appear rather larger than they are. Control of rats begins with sealing all openings down to the size of a quarter. Their cartilaginous bodies can squeeze through openings down to 1/2″. Their distribution and runways will be three dimensional, and they are excellent climbers. Rat Control should focus on quickly eliminating the population through the judicious use of rodenticides by trained professional pest control operators. Traps and glueboards are a more reliable population monitoring tool. Rats are not commonly found in residential structures in our area, but can become a problem in urban environments.
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