House mice have physical capabilities that enable them to gain entry to structures by gnawing, climbing, jumping, and swimming.
Rodent infestations can cause considerable damage to infested buildings and local agriculture. Rodents are also known carriers of many diseases and prove a health hazard to humans.Coordination of prevention measures may include cleaning efforts and landscape alteration. Homes and buildings can be rodent-proofed through identifying and sealing as many possible entry points,especially in the attics and crawlspace areas.
A couple in their thirties, lived in an old farm house that their parent’s owned in Issaquah, Washington for several years. They decided to build their dream house in the middle of nowhere that was surrounded by cattle pastures, corn fields and woods. They were soon faced with a mice and rats problem. Especially when the weather began cooling down.
They soon started comparing their current problem to their childhood suburban brick home. Which never had a single mouse or rat enter their home. There was no evidence of mice droppings or mouse urine. Now faced with the fact that they had to protect their country home from these rodents. It was time to determine who was going to be staying in the home. It was either them or the mice and rats.
The first mission was to go to the local hardware store for rats and mice traps. The unsuccessful trappings went on for months until they finally decided to hire a pest control service to get the job done. Hiring a was the way to go. Their professional experience and knowledge would be ensuring a positive outcome.
Rodents, especially mice and rats, can be dangerous. They carry all kinds of germs that can be left behind in their droppings and urine. They can also leave a few of their parasites behind. Remember the Black Plague? When rodents leave behind fleas, ticks, or mites, humans are susceptible to Omsk hemorrhagic fever, tularemia, and of course, the dreaded plague.
Humans can also catch diseases by eating foods or by drinking water that’s been contaminated by rodent urine or feces. Unfortunately, you can’t always tell if a food source has been contaminated by a rat or mouse. These rodents often have urine on the feet. Just imagine if a mouse visits your box of cereal one night and enjoys munching on a few bites. The next morning, you pour your usual bowl of Capt’n Crunch, never realizing a mouse has rummaged through it. What diseases can you catch in this manner? Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, Lassa fever, leptospirosis, lymphocytic chorio-meningitis, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and tularemia.
To catch diseases from a mouse or rat, you don’t even have to come in contact with the rodent, its parasites, its feces, or its urine. All you have to do is breathe in dust that’s contaminated by rodent droppings or urine. These include Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, lymphocytic chorio-meningitis, and several arenaviruses.
One of the worst things about rats is that they bite! An elderly patient who lived alone,died. No one found him for several days. When his body was discovered, his right hand had been completely chewed away by rats. Needless to say, there are several diseases humans can get from a rat or mouse bite. Even handling dead rodents can make you susceptible to several diseases.
There are several options to getting rid of Rodents,rats,mice,squirrels,moles to mention a few. If the problem is isolated, a simple trap might work. Basically, there are two types of traps: lethal traps and live traps.
You’ve seen these. The traditional mouse trap is the spring trap that’s baited and snaps shut when the rodent nibbles the bait. They’re supposed to snap shut across the neck of the mouse or rat, killing it quickly. Unfortunately, sometimes the rodent doesn’t cooperate, and they wind up being injured but not killed. Then you have to finish the poor creature off. Either way, you have to dispose of the body.
Another problem with this kind of trap is that the rodents can often steal the bait without setting off the trap. Most folks use cheese for bait, but this isn’t the best bait. Try smearing some peanut butter on the trap or placing a small piece of a pecan or hard bacon rind in the trap. The peanut butter works well because it’s too soft for the mouse to grab all in one piece, ,and the nut and bacon rind work well because they’re hard, so the rodent has to really work to get to the food, thereby setting off the spring.
Another more modern type of trap is the electric trap. With this, when the mouse or rat enters the container, they receive a lethal electric shock. Which stops their heart from beating. Most of these traps follow up with an additional shock in 20 seconds, just to make sure the critter is dead. Of course, you still have to dispose of the body or bodies. some of these traps hold numerous mice at the same time.
Another type of trap is the live trap. These are baited to attract the mouse or rat, but the animals are not harmed. Many of these traps have air holes in them to ensure that the rodents remain alive. Once the mice or rats are trapped, they can be taken to another location, hopefully one far away from your home to be released unharmed.
Yet another type of mouse trap or rat trap is the glue trap. Although this is a livecatch trap, it’s certainly not humane. With these stick traps, some kind of bait is placed on the trap, or an attractant is sprayed on it. When the rodent steps onto the trap to investigate the food or scent, it becomes glued to the surface of the trap literally. Oftentimes, the animal gets its nose stuck in the glue and suffocates. Sometimes the mouse or rat chews off its foot in order to escape. Worst of all, some people just toss the traps away, with the live animal still attached, to suffer the slow death of starvation.
If your rodent problem isn’t isolated, you’re probably going to need professional help in the form of . Actually, if you’ve seen more than one mouse or rat, or evidence of such, you probably have an infestation, widespread problem. A pest exterminator once told me that the only mice and rats you actually see are either sick or very young. The healthy adult mice and rats are seldom seen.
Professional pest exterminators will search your entire home to find out where the vermin are entering. This kind of inspection is a good idea even if you don’t have a rodent infestation problem. You know, it’s that ounce of prevention, pound of cure thing. After the mouse exterminators or the rat exterminators find the entrances, they’ll seal them properly so that no more mice or rats can enter your home or building.
Often people think that they can do it themselves But unless you’re an expert, you’ll miss many possible entry ways, and you probably won’t properly seal the ones you do find. Mice are notorious for getting through tiny cracks that seem impossible for them to enter. And rats can chew through lead! The exterminators know just what to look for.
and also have at their disposal mice repellants and rat repellants that will make your home not so inviting. The exterminators might also place certain poisons outside the home. A word of caution: Never use poisons inside your home for pest eradication! It’s just not worth the risk.
Take the advice of someone who’s been there. Hire professional mouse exterminators or rat exterminators to handle the rodent problem for you. The pest exterminators are experienced with rodents, and they know how to get rid of the vermin and prevent them from re-entering your home. The issaquah couple fought a losing battle for months with mice. Sealed every hole and crack they could find, but the critters still made their way into their house. After they hired an exterminator,the problem was solved.
AM/PM Exterminators Seattle, WA and the rest of King and Pierce areas are certified exterminators, With a vast array of knowledge in Rodent control. Rats, mice, squirrels, moles are some of the most adaptable creatures on the planet and can be extremely difficult to exterminate. The majority of home and building owners will try do it yourself rodent control for while untill they finally call. Serving customers across Seattle, Kirland, Redmond, Kent, Issaquah, Samammish, Tacoma and Bellevue. The company looks at rodent control in an integrated manner and recommends preventing first rather than reacting after the rodents appear in the premises. Further reasons for its great reputation is long term approach of solving the rodent control and using organic and non-toxic elements. Its comprehensive preventive mechanisms help home owners to keep the rodents away. AM/PM Exterminators recommends that anyone experiencing a rodent infestation contact a rodent control professional to arrange for a consultation. Professionals are trained not only address current infestations but also prevent future infestations.